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Liverpool And Bayern Munich Agree On Fee For Goalkeeper Pepe Reina

Reina 600x374 Liverpool And Bayern Munich Agree On Fee For Goalkeeper Pepe Reina

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is on his way to the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, according to the English newspaper, The Times.

The German giants have had a bid of approximately £2million accepted for the 31-year-old player, who spent last season on loan with Napoli. It was believed that Rafa Benitez wanted to keep Reina on a permanent basis at Napoli, but the player has decided instead to join Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich.

ReinaTransfer 600x294 Liverpool And Bayern Munich Agree On Fee For Goalkeeper Pepe Reina

Last week, Reina joined Liverpool for the club’s tour of the United States, but he failed to register a single minute of playing time and didn’t even make the bench for last night’s International Champions Cup final against Manchester United.

Now, he will join Bayern Munich and serve as backup to German international goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Reina started his career with Barcelona’s youth team in 1999 and eventually made 30 appearances for the senior squad from 2000-02. He then joined Villarreal in July 2002 and spent the next three season with the Spanish side, helping them qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in club history.

He was later signed by Rafa Benitez in July 2005 while the manager was in charge of Liverpool. Reina ended up making 285 appearances during his time with the Reds and helped the Merseyside club win a League Cup, FA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup.

Last season, while on loan with Napoli, Reina helped the Seria A side win the Coppa Italia.

The Spain international has also made 33 appearances for his country since 2005; spending most of his time as the second-choice keeper to Iker Casillas.

Reina was part of the Spanish sides who won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, as well as the 2010 World Cup.

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2 Responses to Liverpool And Bayern Munich Agree On Fee For Goalkeeper Pepe Reina

  1. Brian says:

    Reina was one of the top 3 goalkeepers to play for Liverpool. When he was at his best he was one of the best in the EPL. His ball distribution is second to none. After a couple of poor seasons for Liverpool he did very well while on loan at Napoli last season and helped them win the Copa Italia and finish 3rd. I watched many of Napoli’s games and was impressed with Reina’s form and I thought he was better than Mignolet was for Liverpool. Mignolet is also one of the worst ball distributors of any keeper anywhere. For the type of football Liverpool play it’s surprising they bought him.

    Had Rodgers kept Reina he would have given good competition to Mignolet and pushed him to improve. Too bad Rodgers decided to freeze Reina out because of the letter he wrote about joining Barcelona. That Rodgers would act in such a petulant and immature way is very revealing about him.

    It will be interesting to see if Liverpool bring in another keeper or stick with only Mignolet and Jones. I think if they are to challenge on all fronts they need another top keeper.

    • M Owen says:

      First of all, Reina has been a wonderful servant to LFC,
      but having a 120k/week player in the bench to provide competition to Mignolet does not make anysense..especially when Reina contract will be running down.
      Reina made his bed by flirting with Barcelona and that letter when he left on loan to Napoli.

      BR has to be the Alpha in the club and get rid of the players who cause him trouble else managing multi-million players Ego’s would become impossible.

      BTW Reina’s loan spell at Napoli was not all that great just check out some of the Napoli fans forums.

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