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Mignolet signing spells the end for Reina at Liverpool

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Reina faces extra competition at Anfield (©GettyImages)
Reina faces extra competition at Anfield (©GettyImages).

Pepe Reina has been Liverpool's number one 'keeper for nearly eight years but with Simon Mignolet joining the club, could the Spanish keeper's future be in jeopardy?

Reina joined from Villarreal in 2005 and has since been the first choice at Anfield. In his first two seasons at the club he kept the highest number of clean sheets in the Premier League.

The Spanish keeper kept 14 clean sheets in 31 appearances for the Anfield club last year. 

Despite Reina's being one of the best keepers in the Premier League the past few seasons many mistakes have crept into his game. In 2010 Reina scored an own goal against Arsenal, since then he has not look assured. Soon after, Reina also conceded a tame header against Steaua Bucharest where he somehow let the ball trickle under his legs. This mistake was then repeated when the Spaniard let in a tame shot against Hearts in 2012.  

Mignolet recently joined Liverpool from Sunderland and has been extremely impressive for the Black Cats in recent time. 

The Belgian kept 11 clean sheets in 38 appearances last season and most notably the 25-year-old made one of the saves of the season parrying Emmanuel Adebayor's shot from close range against Tottenham Hotspur. 

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers now faces a conundrum whether Mignolet or Reina should be the club's number one goalkeeper. Mignolet is younger and the Welsh manager tends to go for youth, but Reina has more experience.

It is clear that Reina will not want to play second fiddle to Mignolet and could leave Liverpool with top clubs like Barcelona interested in him. 

It would, perhaps, be  for the best if Reina is sold. This will give Mignolet his chance to shine at the Reds.

 

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