Scouting Report: Liverpool Replacing Pepe Reina with Kevin Trapp?

Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is seen during a German  Bundesliga soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, Sept.1, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 3, 2014

Should Liverpool replace want-away goalkeeper Pepe Reina with Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, a 23-year-old, 6'3", 183-pound German? 

To cover that hypothetical scenario, here is a scouting report on Trapp.


Trapp Positives

Along with Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Trapp is one of the Bundesliga's premier penalty savers. 

Anticipating the direction of then-Werder Bremen (now Wolfsburg) central attacking midfielder Aaron Hunt's penalty, Trapp moves to his left to stop the shot.

Covering the right side, Trapp exhibited outstanding lateral speed to his left, as he made a one-handed save to deny Schalke centre-forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Hoffenheim central attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino also had his spot-kick saved by Trapp

Being agile, rangy and reading the game well is why Trapp has consistently thwarted opposing players in clear-cut scoring situations. 

Rushing out, Trapp smothered the shot of Mainz centre-forward Shinji Okazaki

With the ball bouncing fortuitously to Bayern Munich centre-back Dante, his snap-shot was foiled by a reflex save from Trapp.

Despite Augsburg central attacking midfielder Halil Altintop creating his own shot while tightly marked, Trapp managed to deflect the shot away from goal.


Trapp Negatives

Trapp was not world class last season, according to the German footballing media. 

  • Kicker ranked eight goalkeepers ahead of Trapp.
  • Bild ranked 10 goalkeepers ahead of Trapp.

You should not get carried away by Trapp's highlight-reel saves.

He was out of position when Hertha Berlin central attacking midfielder Alexander Baumjohann delivered a cross for Hertha right attacking midfielder Sami Allagui.

Borussia Dortmund right attacking midfielder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cashed in after Trapp failed to punch the ball away from goal.

Trapp failed to close his legs when Hannover 96 centre-forward Didier Ya Konan scored.

Stuttgart left attacking midfielder Timo Werner capitalised after Trapp flapped at the ball.

Freiburg substitute Nicolas Hofler scored after Trapp did not adequately cover his near-post.


Bottom Line

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Pepe Reina of Liverpool watches as team mate Steven Gerrard take a penalty kick during the  Carling Cup Semi Final First Leg match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on January 11, 2012 in Manche
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League OnlyKevin TrappPepe Reina
Saves Per Goal Conceded2.43.7
Saves Per Game3.93.6
Save %7179.9
Clean Sheets99

Sources: Fox Soccer Bundesliga and Fox Soccer Serie A

Trapp is statistically comparable to Reina, even though there is a significant gap in experience. 

"I have been really happy at Napoli and I feel loved," Reina said, per La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Phil Kirkbride at the Liverpool Echo). "I have never ruled out the possibility to remain at Napoli."

If Reina leaves in the summer transfer window, Liverpool should consider signing Trapp.



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