Liverpool goalkeeper's loan move may be made permanent after all

There was talk that Reina will not be at Napoli beyond this season after his loan spell from Liverpool.

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina may be making his loan move to Napoli permanent at the end of the season according to their Sports director Riccardo Bigon.

This is contrary to recent reports that Napoli were prepared to snub any kind of permanent deal for the Spanish international.

Sky Sports picked up on an interview Bigon did for +N tv in Italy, where he said: “Reina is a very important player both on the field and off.

"At the end of the season we will talk with him and Liverpool, we are interested to hold him here.

"He has been fine in Naples, he has a very close relationship with the coach (Rafa Benitez) and also his family has settled very well."

Reina previously worked with Benitez at Anfield, and together they have delivered the Coppa Italia for Napoli after they beat Fiorentina in the final at the weekend, along with Champions League football for next season.

The Spaniard spent eight years at Liverpool and was a firm favourite amongst the fans, and though Reina said earlier on in the season he will return to Merseyside, though without putting a timescale on his stay, it appears that his best option is to move on.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has seemingly put his trust in Simon Mignolet after he signed from Sunderland for £9m in the same transfer window when Reina departed for Italy last summer. Rodgers has recently said he wants the Belgian stopper to be his number one for a number of years.

Some Liverpool fans will be saddened by Reina’s departure, as Rodgers said he is a legendary figure at the club. But at the age of 31, some may argue that now is probably the right time to get rid of him and keep trying to improve 26-year-old Mignolet.

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