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Liverpool eye shock swoop for World Cup 'keeper as Reina replacement

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Liverpool are reportedly lining up Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio as a replacement for Pepe Reina, should the Spaniard quit Anfield.

According to German website 4-4-2, Liverpool are looking at the 27-year-old stopper amid concerns that Reina will leave Anfield for either Arsenal or Manchester United.

Benaglio is the current Switzerland no.1 and his reliable performances in the Bundesliga have seen Wolfsburg slap a price tag of €10-15 million on the former Grasshoppers gloveman.

It is thought that Liverpool will only attempt to bring Benaglio to Anfield if Reina departs, as the Wolfsburg ace will not be content with occupying a spot on the bench.

Losing Reina would be a huge blow to Roy Hodgson and the Liverpool supporters alike after establishing himself as a huge Anfield favourite thanks to consistently stunning displays since he joined from Villarreal.

However, since the initial speculation that the 28-year-old was set to quit Anfield, Reina moved to allay fears that he would leave the club.

"I have seen a newspaper has made this suggestion. It is completely untrue," he told the official Liverpool website.

"I have not told the manager that I wish to leave in January, or at any other time. It is important our fans know this.

"I have a long-term contract at Liverpool and I am fully committed to the club.

"Our new owner met me and some of the other players last week and I was very happy with what he told me."

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