Liverpool boost: Pepe Reina not Barcelona's first choice

Reina And Liverpool Warm Up

Liverpool have been given a bit of hope in terms of hanging onto goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

It seems that every summer Pepe Reina is linked with a move away from Liverpool, and this year Barcelona are claimed to be his strongest suitors.

So the latest reports out of Spain may just please Liverpool fans, as it appears he is not their first choice after all.

It was confirmed yesterday that Victor Valdes intends on leaving the club for a new challenge, with Arsenal suggested, leaving the La Liga winners with the challenge of replacing him.

Spanish international reserve, Reina, was thought to be high on their wishlist, and he still is, just not right at the top.

Marca claim he is in fact second choice to Borussia Moenchengladbach stopper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

At 21-years-old, the goalkeeper is highly rated, and tipped to challenge Manuel Neuer in the future for the German number one goalkeeper spot.

Marca add that Reina remains on their shortlist, but if Barcelona are really looking to the future then Ter Stegen is a far more long-term option, and priced at a reported €10 million, outstanding value, considering the older Reina would cost a similar amount.

Reina endured a difficult start to the season at Liverpool, and it looked at one stage that his future could be in doubt but a solid second half to the season has seen him back to his best.

With new defenders incoming next season amid Jamie Carragher's retirement, it makes sense for Liverpool to stick with Reina rather than cause even more upheaval to their backline, but Barcelona are realistically one of the only clubs who could tempt the Spaniard away.

So the report, contrary to earlier claims that a Tello-Reina swap could be on the cards, may just be what Liverpool fans were hoping to hear.

What do you think? Can Liverpool keep Reina? If he was sold who should they replace him with?

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