Is Pepe Reina actually good enough for Barcelona?

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Jesus Angoy has urged the Spanish giants to go after Pepe Reina of Liverpool.

The comments will not be welcomed by Liverpool as they continue to deal with media stories linking their former player with a move back to Spain on a regular basis.

Reina has insisted that he’s not looking to leave Anfield but Angoy has just suggested that an official and large offer is more than possible as we head into the summer transfer period.

“Reina has enough quality for playing at Barcelona. He is ready because he has already played for Barcelona, he has the profile they are looking for and has tremendous quality,” Angoy told La Xarxa Radio.

There is a definite air of ‘keep your nose out of it’ with these comments but all former players want to see their former clubs excel and if that means going after other club’s players then so be it, they won’t really care.

Reina is certainly one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League at the moment, rising to the challenge of having his place at Liverpool questioned earlier in the season when Brad Jones was deputising well.

He’s a real leader which is probably the main reason Barcelona seem to be focusing on him.

He has a tremendous command over his back four and his own penalty area, which allows him to organise the back four and take the pressure off of the side when they are getting pinned inside their own final third.

In terms of his core skills as a goalkeeper he’s certainly as good as Victor Valdes.

He’s a very fit and quick individual which means he can fly off his line, closing down strikers in difficult situations and he’s agile enough to make a good variety of saves from all angles.

The only hope for Liverpool is if Barcelona can convince Valdes to do a u-turn on comments he made that he would not play again for the Spanish side.

Valdes seemed to expect an automatic contract renewal which didn’t arrive, seemingly jumping the gun when he announced the decision that he wouldn’t be staying at the club.

Reina is certainly good enough to play for any side, including Barcelona. The move may also suit him as he gets older for a very simple reason.

Let’s face it, it’s not difficult to look like a good goalkeeper when the majority of the time your team has the ball and is keeping it up the other end of the field.

Should Angoy keep his nose out of things?

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