Lately rumors have been circulating that Liverpool‘s stalwart between the sticks, Pepe Reina , might just be interested in a move away from Merseyside. Now one assumes that all this has come about due to Victor Valdes reiterating his desire to leave Barcelona, and naturally people have put two and two together and come up with the inevitable Reina link.
This link may not be such a bad thing from a Liverpool perspective though, as Reina has been going through a rather rough patch of form recently and doesn’t really command his box like he used to. Perhaps the time is right for Liverpool to cash in on the once-unflappable Reina?
There are really two schools of thought on this subject. One is that Reina is still a very good goalkeeper and good keepers are hard to come by at this minute without paying huge fees for one. The second is that Liverpool would be able to command a reasonable fee for Reina and, truth be told, he hasn’t had the best of press recently following a series of high-profile calamities.
My personal opinion is that Liverpool should put Reina on the transfer list and see if they can bring in a taller stronger goalkeeper in the summer. Perhaps the way forward is to promote one of the young reserve keepers to the first team and see how they cope with the baptism of fire. Young players need a chance to force their way into the first team and without the opportunity to prove their worth on the big stage they may well stagnate in the reserves.
Peter Gulacsi could be one such prospect who deserves a chance to step into Reina’s shoes. The 6-foot-3 Hungarian shot stopper is powerful and commanding in his box as well as being vocal with the players in front of him.
This is exactly what Liverpool need to replace Reina and while he has been a wonderful servant for the club over the years, the time has possibly come to test some of the younger keepers while making a profit from the sale as well.
James Hilton is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jameshilton1980, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google