Why a Pepe Reina return to Liverpool would be perfect in every way

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Pepe Reina's agent has said that he will return to Liverpool. That can only be considered a good thing.

"I know rumours are circulating about Reina’s future," began Manuel Garcis Quillon, "but I can confirm that next season Pepe will play for Liverpool. Reina will respect his deal with the English side."

So, after all the speculation, the 'will he, won't he,' it appears - for now at the very least - that the Spaniard will be coming back to Anfield.

Shown the door by Brendan Rodgers last season, the 31-year-old spent last term on loan at Napoli with former boss Rafael Benitez. It looked like a promising partnership. And it looked as though it would last.

It seems Reina's wages have proved too much of a stumbling block, though, and what appeared an increasingly unlikely option at one stage has now become a reality: the shot-stopper will play for Liverpool again.

Some might see it as an inevitable solution for a man without any other options. Some might see it as step backwards.

And yet a Reina return may turn out to be anything but. Whether by Rodgers' design or purely through a lack of alternatives, the Spaniard could settle back in on Merseyside perfectly, offering the Reds expertise and experience in abundance ahead of one of the most important seasons in their recent history.

In essence, Reina can be like a new signing for the Reds.

Even at this stage stage in his career, the 31-year-old would return to Liverpool a new goalkeeper. Last season, he lifted a trophy, played Champions League football and took part in a successful league campaign. This summer, meanwhile, he made his first ever World Cup start.

Rather than getting Reina ready for a permanent exit last season, then, what if the Spaniard was simply gaining experience elsewhere and coming back all the better for it - just as loan moves are supposed to work.

Besides, when he left the club, Reina said that he was disappointed at the manner in which Liverpool handled the move. That isn't the way the Reds do things; the shot-stopper should be given another chance.

If he is given that chance, moreover, Rodgers will save a potential £6.5 million on signing a replacement backup 'keeper in Keylor Navas, or a signing-on-fee for Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa, even if Reina's wages are a little high.

By all accounts, then, Liverpool will have themselves a top-class goalkeeper to push Simon Mignolet for the no.1 spot without having to buy anyone. Whichever way you think about it, a Reina return makes perfect sense.

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