Pepe Reina has been at Liverpool Football Club since signing for the Merseyside club in 2005 from Villarreal for £7m.
Since joining Liverpool Reina has been the first choice keeper and built a reputation both with fans and the footballing community as a valuable player. Despite the reputation Reina gathered whilst playing in the English Premier League the Spaniard has never been in contention to secure the number one shirt in the Spanish international line-up.
Reina has made 285 league appearances in a Liverpool shirt to date with an additional 84 in European competitions and 22 in domestic competitions.
But with Reina now aged 30 and his consistency often brought into question the signing of Simon Mignolet should come as a comfort for Liverpool fans.
The 25-year-old keeper cost the Reds a reasonable £9m from fellow Premier League club Sunderland. Mignolet joined Sunderland in 2010 for £2m from Belgian side Sint-Truiden after helping the team secure promotion then avoid the drop the following season.
Mignolet was voted Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year for his troubles. Upon signing for Sunderland Mignolet went on to appear in 90 games for The Black Cats.
Since Mignolet's arrival in the Premier League he has grown as a player and has attracted the attention of many clubs across the league and in Europe. At the age of 25 Mignolet has many years ahead of him and Liverpool may have just bought a player that has the potential to become one of the great keepers in the club's history.
And Reina's loan move to Napoli may just save his career from a very early end as Mignolet's potential talent far overshadows that of the ageing keeper.
His loan move allows Mignolet to develop without pressure from former-number one Reina, who would otherwise have been breathing down his neck for a starting place.
And Brendan Rodgers has definitely thrown Reina a lifeline in terms of securing a starting place in a reputable team.
The season ahead may show just how good Mignolet is and serve to remedy some of the Liverpool's fans disappointment at seeing their star keeper leave on loan.
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