Liverpool target German international as Spanish star replacement

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Liverpool are being linked with a move for German international keeper Manuel Neuer amidst reports that Jose Reina wants to leave Anfield.

The Daily Mirror reports that Roy Hodgson's Spanish stopper has asked to make his exit, potentially as early as January, leaving Liverpool in the market for a new keeper.

Reina joined the Reds from Villarraeal in 2005, and has been an integral part of the club's success in the Champions League and FA Cup during his time with the club.

Brad Jones was signed in the summer as Liverpool's back-up, but the stopper is yet to feature in a Premier League game for the Merseysiders and his only appearance was the League Cup defeat to Northampton Town at Anfield.

Liverpool are already being linked with a string of goalkeepers, with the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror both highlighting Schalke keeper Neuer as the most obvious target. Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg is also thought to be a possible target.

Neuer has spent his entire career at Schalke thus far, with the 24-year-old joining as a junior and making his debut for Die Königsblauen in 2005.

However, coach Felix Magath has admitted that the club may have to sell the player if a decent offer came in, opening the door for a bid from Liverpool.

Magath told German paper Bild: “Of course I do not trust entirely that I will be able to keep Manuel Neuer and all the other players.”

The Bundesliga side are facing tough financial times, and with the player's contract set to expire in 2012, Liverpool could land the player in a cut-price deal should they be forced into a quick keeper move.

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