Scouting Report: Liverpool Replacing Pepe Reina with Kevin Trapp?

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Scouting Report: Liverpool Replacing Pepe Reina with Kevin Trapp?
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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. 

Bundesliga.com

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

Bundesliga.com

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

Bundesliga.com

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

Bundesliga.com

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

Bundesliga.com

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

Bundesliga.com

 

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.

Kicker.de
Bild.de

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.  

Bundesliga.com

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

Bundesliga.com

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

Bundesliga.com

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

Bundesliga.com

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

Bundesliga.com

 

Bottom Line

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

League Only Kevin Trapp Pepe Reina
Saves 132 107
Saves Per Goal Conceded 2.4 3.7
Saves Per Game 3.9 3.6
Save % 71 79.9
Clean Sheets 9 9

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.

 

@allanjianga

Statistics via WhoScored.com

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