I'm very happy here and my family's happy too. I’ll be here right to the end, but not even I know what will happen after. I'm here now, but I've got to return to Liverpool, although it's unlikely I'll stay there.
With just a few months remaining on his loan spell at Stadio San Paolo, a resolution for all parties involved would be most preferable right now.
When Brendan Rodgers replaced the then-30-year-old Reina with the bright young face of Simon Mignolet last summer, it was the end of an era at Liverpool.
Having guarded the Reds’ goal since 2005, the Spaniard was replaced with the club’s long-term vision both on the pitch and in the finance books in mind.
When eras end, it is very rare for them to start again. If they do, it is only a temporary solution, such as Robbie Fowler’s return to Liverpool in 2006 or Paul Scholes’ to Manchester United in 2012.
Liverpool have moved on and aren’t looking back at Reina.
Mignolet has become an important fixture of a Liverpool defence which has been interchangeable this season due to injury. He produces an average of 2.19 saves per game and has a 97 percent claim success rate.
A high-earning Reina just doesn’t fit in at Anfield anymore.
A long-term shot-stopper is good for a club. It allows them to shape and build the defence in front of him.
In Reina, Napoli have an experienced international who, apart from a couple of bad hair days—excuse the unfortunate phrase—has settled in well at the Serie A side.
Reina has conceded an average of 1.12 goals per game, makes 1.82 saves per game and has an average claim success rate of 99 percent.
He can command a penalty area with his agile and athletic movements, and is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world with the ball at his feet.
If Reina ends up back on Merseyside this summer, it will be somewhat of an embarrassment for the 31-year-old.
Having tried to push through a move to Barcelona whilst he was at Liverpool in the mindset that he would replace Victor Valdes last summer, Reina’s dream move back to the Nou Camp now looks in major doubt.
Reina has settled into life in Italy and another move would see his career begin a yo-yoing effect, which is never good for the mental psyche of a goalkeeper.
Benitez was the most important figure in me arriving here. He convinced me to join this ambitious project at a great club. Obviously I also wanted to get to know a different league while it was Liverpool who took the first step by not wanting me anymore because they were placing their faith in a younger goalkeeper.
Liverpool want to avoid a summer of paying Reina’s high wages whilst searching for a suitor for him, whereas Napoli want a reliable and committed goalkeeper and Reina wants to stay.
Everyone’s a winner.
Statistics courtesy of Squawka.
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