Anfield hero on Carlo Ancelotti’s wish-list.
Pepe Reina might not be at Anfield to greet them, though – he was yesterday linked with a £20m summer move to Chelsea. (Guardian)
The Spaniard is rated by many as the best in the Premier League, and will be one of the Kop stars on the move this summer if boss Rafa Benitez fails to land a Champions League spot – and is forced into selling to balance the books.
While skipper Steven Gerrard and striker Fernando Torres would attract widespread interest, Chelsea are waiting to go for Reina.
There have been doubts about Petr Cech’s form and – with Spanish stopper Henrique Hilario also struggling – Reina, 27, is the best around.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would outbid any rivals – even if it takes about £20million to land him.
Reina wants Champions League football and even his loyalty to Benitez – the man who brought him to Merseyside – would be tested.
Chelsea have already scoured Europe for potential alternatives, and a new goalkeeper has been on their priority list for weeks.
A super show for Spain in the World Cup would further boost Reina’s profile – justifying Chelsea spending big should the chance come their way. (The People)
On the face of it you can’t blame Chelsea for wanting to try and nab the Anfield keeper but is it at all likely to actually happen? We all know, that is all us Liverpool fans, just how good the Spanish keeper is and even though the likes of Shay Given and Petr Cech get more than their fair share of the plaudits, and don’t get me wrong they deserve it, arguably Pepe Reina is as good if not better than both of those top notch keepers.
If you look at the performances by the 27 year old over the years you will find it hard to name a more consistent keeper in the Premier League. Even the aforementioned Cech has had a period of uneasiness, most notably soon after he returned from that nasty kick he got a few years back.
It seems that all and sundry will be waiting to make an avalanche of phone calls the moment we miss out on a top four spot. It seems that every tabloid and website in the known world thinks that if we do indeed miss out on a Champions League spot, and fingers crossed that won’t happen, that a raft of top talent will just walk out of Anfield.
Now we have become used to the constant stack of rumours in relation to Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard but in many ways Reina has been left untouched by speculation…until now. I can understand Carlo Ancelotti’s desire to bring in another good option between the sticks especially when you consider that understudy Hilario is simply one of the worst goalies to have ever played in the top tier but I can’t see this one happening.
Pepe Reina is one of the best in Europe and as such the lack of reported moves, real or invented, is in some way an indication of how underrated he appears to be. Maybe he just falls off their radar. Perhaps the lack of international football, he barely gets a chance with Iker Casillas ahead of him in the Spanish queue, helps him avoid the mountain of speculation and attention.