It’s not often that a free transfer signing of a 35-year-old would get fans excited, particularly Liverpool fans, but that could be the case if reports linking fan favourite Pepe Reina with a return to Anfield.
The Spaniard’s contract at Napoli is set to come to an end this season with the team looking likely to miss out on the Serie A title despite pushing Juventus close and Spanish newspaper MARCA, as reported by the Express, claim that Reina will decide between a return to Merseyside and a move to AC Milan as his next move.
Belgian outlet DH have recently reported that Simon Mignolet will depart this summer as he is unhappy with being second choice and whilst Reina is unlikely to be keen to take up that mantle, he could be the man to help bring Loris Karius up to scratch.
Jurgen Klopp is clearly ready to put his faith in the German who he signed in the summer of 2016 despite his questionable form at the start of his Anfield career, but an experienced professional like Reina could help him to develop whilst also easing the pressure of being fielded in all competitions.
It’s clear that Reina may not be the exciting big name that would get fans standing off their seats and believing in a title challenge, but he would be a signing which would please fans whilst also bringing experience and leadership to a young squad and having a clear role to play too.
If it does come to fruition, Liverpool’s potential signing of Reina would not be a statement signing, but the Reds could certainly do far worse than bring the 35-year-old back to add to his 395 appearances for the club four years after he left.