Lack of support for the Spanish ‘keeper could force him to move to Milan as soon as January…
Pepe Reina isn’t having the best of seasons. What had once been described as rare mistakes by the goalkeeper have now become more frequent and he’s in the spotlight for being a problem at Liverpool rather than a steady custodian.
Yet these issues with his game appear to be down to lapses in concentration, a confidence issue, or simply a lack of form. There’s nothing to suggest they will be permanent, it’s not related to fitness or his age and it’s something most goalkeepers go through, even some of the very best.
But there are continual reports about his future and Liverpool losing faith in him. Nearly every newspaper had an angle on it and the gist is that he’s got until January to improve or another stopper will be brought in, with Michel Vorm at Swansea City the most mentioned.
Brendan Rodgers has backed the player up, notably after a mistake against Hearts, and there can be no long term guarantees about Reina’s future. But at just 30, the Spaniard has a good number of years left at the top level and Liverpool would be foolish to push him out of the club based on a lack of form.
Calciomercato and SportWitness carry on reports that Milan are looking at bringing in Reina, and that link has been around all summer. 35-year-old veteran Cristian Abbiati’s deal expires next June and the Serie A side want a replacement.
Milan, like Liverpool, haven’t started the season as they would have wished but unlike Liverpool are still likely to finish high enough to get a Champions League place. Rather than a move there being a step down, Reina could view it as a new chance and if the reports continue about his future – without further back-up form Liverpool – then he may decide to make the decision to leave himself.