Former Anfield goalie to make surprise comeback?
Liverpool are preparing to offer Brad Friedel a sensational chance to extend his Premier League appearance record into another season.
The 39-year-old American, out of contract at Aston Villa this summer, is on Kenny Dalglish’s list of options if he is forced to replace Pepe Reina.
Spanish star Reina, 28, has hinted he may move on rather than face another season without Champions League football .
Manchester United and Arsenal are keen to sign him, which would leave Dalglish searching for an experienced replacement.
Friedel – whose career in England began at Liverpool – would fit the bill. He will be 40 in May, but yesterday’s trip to Everton extended his record for consecutive top- flight appearances to 259 games.
Villa boss Gerard Houllier has been unsure about extending Friedel’s contract because of his age with talks about a new deal put on ice since January.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
I must say I didn’t see this coming. If Liverpool do find themselves without Pepe Reina next term, and that’s a big IF, would they really turn to a 39 year old replacement? The club’s new owners are very keen on planning for the future and regardless of how fit and able the Aston Villa man is, he clearly would not be a long term successor to their Spanish custodian.
A number of clubs are said to be interested in Reina who has been a model of consistency during his six years at the club, however recent comments about wanting to play Champions League football have left many to conclude that the former Villarreal man may opt to leave in the summer with Man United and Arsenal both said to be interested in the Madrid born goalkeeper.
Friedel is a very able keeper but perhaps not a likely option for Liverpool to pursue. Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli are looking to make significant changes to the Anfield squad with a number of players said to be nearing exits. Summer signings Christian Poulsen, Milan Jovanovic, Joe Cole and Paul Konchesky are strongly linked with moves away from the Merseyside club.