Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Pepe Reina Leaving Reds Would Spell Trouble

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13:  Pepe Reina of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 13, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool may be requiring a new goalkeeper in the near future.

The rumors around Pepe Reina and his status with Liverpool have been swirling of late, but it's Reina's father who has provided the most up-to-date details regarding his son's future with the Reds.

According to the ESPN's Dermot Corrigan, Miguel Reina told the media,

I am absolutely convinced that Pepe would be delighted to return to Barcelona. I would love to see him back. What father would not like to see his son play for Barca? I did it, but it would be extraordinary again, if it happened. Pepe has shown the measure of the goalkeeper he is and I believe he would be up to the task. Even more, he would be the ideal goalkeeper for Barcelona, without any doubt.

The Guardian also confirms the statements made by Pepe's father, which can be viewed here.

Without Reina in net for the Reds, it's likely that Liverpool wouldn't be as high as it is in the English Premier League table.

The Reds trail fourth-place Tottenham by seven points in the EPL standings, but if Reina leaves Liverpool, it's going to be a lot more difficult for the Reds to climb into the top four of the EPL.

Reina boasts seven clean sheets this season despite a Liverpool defense that has been lackadaisical at times.

If Barcelona is able to acquire the 30-year-old goalkeeper, it'll be receiving a veteran with excellent reaction time and one of the best at stopping penalty shots.

Liverpool manager has denied looking elsewhere for a goalie, but the Independent notes that the Reds have been linked to Jack Butland and Ron-Robert Zieler in the past.

It's not hard to understand Reina wanting to return to Barcelona, where he began his career and where his father played, but Liverpool can't afford to lose its commander.

Without Reina protecting the goal, it'll get much more difficult for the Reds to make the Champions League in 2013 if the Reds can't hang on to the terrific keeper.


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