Report - Reina to return to Anfield, good news for Liverpool?

Should the Spaniard be given another chance at Anfield? The stats seem to indicate he should.

The Daily Mail recently reported that Pepe Reina is set to head back to Liverpool after Napoli failed to agree a price with the Merseyside club for the Spaniard.

When Reina first moved to Naples on loan there was much talk of it only being a stopgap switch, with the 31-year-old set to move to Barcelona at the end of the season to replace Victor Valdes. Reina started his career at the Spanish giants, spending 14 years at the Nou Camp before leaving in 2002 when Valdes claimed the number one spot.

As it has turned out, Reina has enjoyed a happy and successful season in Italy with ex Reds boss Rafa Benitez, winning the Coppa Italia and finishing third in the league thus ensuring Champions League football once again.

Barcelona signed German prospect Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and are reportedly set to add Real Sociedad stopper Claudio Bravo too, seemingly ruling out a return for Reina.

Though Napoli are interested in turning his loan into a transfer, Reina's agent has said there are issues regarding the transfer fee Liverpool are holding out for.

"It's very difficult for Pepe to remain at Napoli," Reina's agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon is quoted as saying.

"From June 30, he will return to Liverpool because they want to maximise his sale, and Napoli are not willing to spend what is required."

But a quick look at the stats of Reina and current Liverpool number one Mignolet may indicate that Rodgers should be willing to keep the former Villarreal goalkeeper, who is set to provide backup to Iker Casillas in Brazil for Spain this summer.

Mignolet's stats for Liverpool in 2013-14 

  TeamPosGoals ConcededClean SheetError Lead To GoalAccurate Goal KicksAccurate Keeper ThrowsSavesAppsMins
Simon Mignolet Liverpool GK 50 10 5 190 152 107 38 3,420

Reina's stats for Liverpool in 2012-13

  TeamPosGoals ConcededClean SheetError Lead To GoalAccurate Goal KicksAccurate Keeper ThrowsSavesAppsMins
José Reina Liverpool GK 34 14 4 194 175 73 31 2,790

Above you can see that there are several areas Reina stands out in, despite featuring fewer times in 2012/13 than Mignolet did this season. He recorded more clean sheets, and had significantly better distribution both with his kicking and throwing. Other statistics such as goals conceded and errors that led to goals are also in line with being stronger than Mignolet, though the Belgian has made significantly more saves than Reina. 

The fact this season's Liverpool side has been much weaker defensively than when Reina was at the club surely helped the Spaniard, but with Mignolet not quite convincing at times, and Rodgers said to be considering adding Swansea's Michel Vorm to the Reds squad, why is a man with just under 400 appearances for Liverpool not being considered?

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