The Times reports that Liverpool gaffer Rafa Benitez has showered his goalkeeper Pepe Reina with praise after he got to 50 clean sheets for the Anfield club in 92 games – a record time, beating Ray Clemence’s record of hitting that milestone in 95 games.
“I have been talking about how good ’Pepe’ is for a very long time. For him to keep 50 clean sheets since he joined the club is a terrific performance.
“And it is a goalkeeper of Ray Clemence’s quality that he has beaten. Not just any goalkeeper but one of the club’s greats in Clemence. That shows how good Reina has had to be.
“But it also underlines the standard of defending. A keeper cannot have 50 clean sheets if the players in front of him are not doing their job.
“Now this is something we must repeat, another 50 cleans sheets from Pepe in the same way would be ideal for us. It is much easier for our strikers to score goals if they know we do not have any problems in defence.”
So how does Reina compare to other ‘keepers of the modern Liverpool era – players like David James, Sander Westerveld, Jerzy Dudek, and the legendary man himself Bruce Grobbelaar?