'I'll have to join Liverpool' - Rodgers outcast set to return to Anfield unhappy

Pepe Reina

Pepe Reina seems devastated at having to rejoin his former team at this summer.

Last summer Brendan Rodgers decided it was time for a change of tact at Anfield, with the goalkeeper position the first one to come under serious scrutiny. The form of Simon Mignolet at Sunderland had caught his eye and he decided to bring the Belgian into the club at considerable cost last summer. Which left the current incumbent, Pepe Reina, essentially moved to the side-lines.

The Spanish international was however never going to settle for sitting on the bench so made it clear he wanted a move from Merseyside.

He went to Napoli on loan under the guidance from the man who originally brought him to England - Rafa Benitez. He had a good season at the Stadio San Paulo in 2013-14, but unfortunately the Partenopei have plans to give their young Brazilian stopper Rafael a chance next term - while the wages Reina was asking for appear to be well beyond the price Aurelio De Laurentiis, the club president, is willing to sanction.

So what of next season?

According to Reina he will be back at Liverpool. The star, who has returned from a disappointing World Cup campaign with reigning world champions Spain, has been speaking about his future this week and he is clearly unhappy at having to return to Anfield - especially as he does not appear to feature in any of Rodgers' first team plans for next season:

"I have not spoken with Rodgers and do not know what to think. Eventually, though, I have two more years of contract and that's what counts. I'll have to join Liverpool, I can not do anything else. Naples? Benitez I said goodbye at the end of the season. He knows the conditions for my stay. Currently, however, there are no updates on my future. He's working with my agent."

Arsenal and Barcelona have been tentatively linked with his signature in the past but it seems that those links are mere speculation - Reina is short on options.

It looks increasingly as if Reina will be sitting on the bench, twiddling his thumbs, for Liverpool next season. Which for a player of his talent would be a crying shame. Hopefully Liverpool can find a buyer for this one-time hero, who remains a fan-favourite.

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