Could Liverpool and Reina come to an agreement that sees him staying at Anfield?

Pepe Reina

Reina is heading back to Liverpool after a loan spell at Napoli, whether he stays there is another matter entirely.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has made no secret of his desire to strengthen all areas of his squad, but his relationship with Pepe Reina doesn't seem to be the best, as the Reds boss made it clear he thought it was the end of the road for Reina at Anfield, citing an open letter he wrote to the fans.

Reina being the answer to competition for Simon Mignolet could take some selling to for the Spaniard but with clubs seemingly put off by his wages, and the goalkeeper still a fans favourite at Anfield, maybe a deal could be done.

Of course, Reina's wages are a massive stumbling block and it is understandable that Liverpool would not want to be paying top wages for a player to sit on the bench all season, it simply doesn't make business sense.

Reina himself was quoted in The Guardian yesterday, saying: “I don’t know about my future. I want to be calm about it and there are people who are working on that. I have two years left on my Liverpool contract and the situation is the same as a month ago.

“I’ve not spoken to Rodgers and I don’t know what they think but I have a contract and in the end that is what counts. I have to join up with Liverpool and there’s nothing more I can do.”

If Rodgers and Reina can patch up their differences and that could lead to the Spaniard to taking a pay cut on Merseyside then it could be workable move - whether Reina is prepared to do that is another matter entirely, but one would think it would be a little foolish for Liverpool not to at least explore the idea.

Reina has already proved his credentials over the years by winning the golden glove on three occasions on Merseyside and has also demonstrated he is comfortable with the ball at his feet which fits Brendan Rodgers' style of play - as he likes his goalkeepers to be good on the ball so his sides can play out from the back.

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