Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has had a season of ups and downs, and the speculation which has followed him throughout the campaign regarding his Liverpool future has stepped up of late amid rumours of interest from Barcelona.
The Reds' stopper has been hailed as an important part of the team in the future by manager Brendan Rodgers (via Goal.com):
It's that silly season now that starts up all the rumours and whatnot but Pepe's not for sale. He's got three years left on his contract here, he's happy and obviously there's speculation but it's not worth commenting on.
Nonetheless, rumours persist that Reina is wanted by Barcelona this summer (via Liverpool Daily Post) and having been at the club for some time now, it is likely that the Reds will have contingency plans in place in case the Spaniard does move on.
Any new goalkeeper for Liverpool will have to have several key attributes to his game to succeed under Brendan Rodgers. Aside from the basics of being a good shot-stopper and competent in the art of controlling his penalty area, the manager also requires that the man between the sticks is capable of playing with the ball at his feet and does not stick to merely operating within his six-yard box.
With that in mind, here are six possible replacements for Reina; two from the world football section of the rumour mill and four more who the Reds should at the very least be looking at and considering.