Liverpool boss rules out Reina return

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Pepe Reina will not be returning to Anfield at the start of next season.

Rodgers decided to ship Spanish international Pepe Reina out on loan after signing Simon Mignolet from Sunderland for £9million in the summer.

Reina has impressed on loan at Napoli under the stewardship of former Reds boss Rafael Benitez, however Rodgers has ruled out the possibility of the 31-year-old sealing a return to Anfield.

Rodgers, speaking before Liverpool's game against Southampton, said on Reina's future: "He's already said goodbye, hasn't he?

"He's already written his letter, hasn't he? He wrote a goodbye letter, didn't he?

"I was surprised at the letter - when you are a loan player I would expect that he should come back, but obviously Pepe made it very clear when he went to Napoli that he was looking to move.

"He penned a great, big letter saying he was going to work with the best manager that he'd worked with and thanked for his time for Liverpool. So, for me, it probably sounded like he'd made his decision there."

Rodgers also denied claims he was planning on selling Daniel Agger.

The Denmark defender has been linked with a move away from Anfield in recent weeks after a series of poor performances, however Rodgers has stated Agger still has a part to play at Liverpool.

Agger is expected to start against Southampton at St Mary's this weekend - despite being hauled off after 63 minutes against Swansea City.

Liverpool will be hoping they can close the gap on Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea by bagging all three points on Saturday.

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