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Pepe Reina rules out Liverpool return

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Since moving to Italy the eccentric Pepe Reina has played a pivotal role in what has been an impressive defence.

On average the Spaniard makes 1.64 saves a game for the Italian side. In his 11 appearances for the club he has only conceded eight goals, managing to produce five clean sheets in the process.

The Spanish goalkeeper rejoined fellow compatriot Rafa Benitez in Naples, after learning he was surplus to requirements following Simon Mignolet's arrival from Sunderland. 

Despite denying any contact, the shot stopper is continuously linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona, his first club. However Reina insists that he will not return to Liverpool following his loan spell. 

“I did not expect to change and to come to Napoli,” Reina told Cadena Cope. “It was a surprise for me when Liverpool signed a new goalkeeper in the summer.

“My wife was the first to encourage me to move and now I’m very proud and grateful for that decision. I think it has been an absolute success and that I’m a stronger goalkeeper than last year.

“I have been at Liverpool for a long time. But now I am happy here in Naples. I have a fresh outlook on the game and have been playing some of my best stuff. We are having a great championship.

“Am I surprised? Yes. The city is different from Liverpool, people do not respect your privacy, but they show their affection."

Since moving to Italy the eccentric Reina has played a pivotal role in what has been an impressive defence. 

On average the Spaniard makes 1.64 saves a game for the Italians. In his 11 appearances for the club he has only conceded eight goals, managing to produce five clean sheets in the process. 

Reina added: "We have a new coach, a new style and new players. I am happy at the moment, but I would be even happier if we won the league, Coppa Italia and Champions League.

“It’s very difficult that I’ll return to Liverpool. In the summer I will have to finish my contract with them.”


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