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Liverpool must sell for a fee that reflects goalkeeper's true value

Pepe Reina

It looks inevitable that Pepe Reina will leave Anfield but are they getting him for the right fee?

Pepe Reina has always been a popular figure at Liverpool but will spend the season on loan with former manager Rafa Benitez at Napoli – while Simon Mignolet replaces him in goal after arriving from Sunderland.

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Many thought the 1-0 win over QPR on the last day of the Premier League season would be the last time we would see Pepe Reina in a Liverpool shirt given that it would be hard to have two goalkeepers vying for the goalkeeping spot – especially with the likelihood of one of them commanding big wages yet not being played.

But with reports that Pepe Reina could be on his way out of Anfield permanently - with Barcelona in pole position to land him - for a fee around £5m seems to be on the cheap side.

Before Reina arrived at Anfield, there hadn’t been a goalkeeper who could command the area, act as a sweeper keeper and look so comfortable with the ball at his feet than perhaps since Bruce Grobbelaar.

Reina arrived at Anfield in 2005 from Villerreal for around £6m, and ever since he has won three golden gloves with Liverpool and has been talked about as one of the best goalkeepers in the world – even if he did suffer a loss of form in the past two seasons, something which he seems to be rediscovering in Serie A.

Even though he is now 31, Reina still has a good few years at the top level left in him, and should command a fee higher than was paid to bring him to Anfield in the first place.

But it seems that he is such a highly paid player that the club would like to get him off the wage bill relatively quickly with manager Brendan Rodgers evidently preferring Mignolet to Reina.

The fee of £4m seems too low, and even if Liverpool are in a hurry to get him off the books, they should at least hold out for a fee which actually reflects his talent.

image: © Eric The Fish (2013)

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