Whilst Liverpool are loathe to lose Pepe Reina, they acknowledge that the Spanish custodian has a £20m escape clause in his contract.
Reina has also recently claimed that he wants to be challenging for top honours and playing regularly in the Champions League, something which Liverpool are unlikely to provide for him next season.
With Arsenal and Manchester United monitoring Reina’s situation, the Daily Telegraph believes Liverpool are targeting Blackburn’s former England international Paul Robinson as a potential replacement for Reina, should an acceptable offer come in for the Spaniard this summer. Robinson is considered to be the risk-free option should Reina leave the club, as well as being the cheapest, although it is thought that Schalke’s impressive Manuel Neuer is also being considered.
Reina vows improvement.
Following an uncharacteristically poor display at Upton Park on Sunday in conceding three goals to West Ham, Pepe Reina has vowed to improve in time for Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United. After six clean sheets in seven games the Spaniard felt he let his teammates down against West Ham and is determined to revert back to his previous miserly form.
“Keeping those clean sheets was about not making mistakes, first of all,” he told Liverpool’s official website. “I did a couple of them on Sunday and I felt really disappointed with my performance individually.” He was repentant for his performance and has promised an improvement: “I was poor and I have to recognise this and keep learning from the mistakes,” he said.
Cisse hints at Mersey move.
Despite signing Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll during the January transfer window, it is believed that Liverpool are still tracking another striker as they plan ahead for next season.
One player who is thought to have particularly impressed the Anfield hierarchy is Freiburg’s prolific striker Papiss Demba Cisse. The Senegalese forward has notched 16 goals so far this season and has already resisted the overtures of VFL Wolfsburg in the January window with a move to the Premier League in mind.
“Liverpool is a dream club,” he admitted to Skysports.com. However he is also understandably satisfied in Germany considering his wonderful current form. “But to be honest I am happy here at the moment,” he qualified.