Jurgen Klopp keen to bring Pepe Reina back to Liverpool

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It’s already been a busy summer for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.

The German manager has confirmed the signings of Joel Matip, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius who will all join up with the Liverpool squad for the start of next season.

And it will be incredibly surprising if Klopp doesn’t continue to add to his squad as he attempts to improve on their eighth-placed finish in the Premier League.


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Liverpool supporters will hope that there will be a few bigger names arriving at Anfield in the coming months as the Reds aim to get back into European football - something they will have to do without next campaign.

While it’s always great to see the club sign a high-profile player, supporters love it when a former favourite returns.

It happened with Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush and Craig Bellamy and now, according to Corriere dello Sport, Pepe Reina could be returning to Liverpool.

The report claims that Klopp is keen to bring the 33-year-old back to Merseyside where he amassed 394 appearances during his eight campaigns.

Fan favourite

After signing from Villarreal in 2005, he soon became a favourite among Kopites being the hero in the penalty shootout during the FA Cup final in his debut campaign.

However, the Spanish goalkeeper didn’t have it all his own way during that match in Cardiff. His mistake led to Dean Ashton putting West Ham 2-0 up during the first-half while he was lobbed from distance from a Paul Konchesky as the Hammers went 3-2 up.

But, after being bailed out by Steven Gerrard, saves from Bobby Zamora, Konchesky and Anton Ferdinand in the shoot-out saw Reina become a firm fan favourite on the Kop.

During his time at the club, he broke the record for the most clean sheets, surpassing the previous tally set by Ray Clemence and Bruce Grobbelaar. But after Rafa Benitez left and Brendan Rodgers arrived, Simon Mignolet was chosen to be the side’s first-choice ‘keeper meaning Reina was free to leave the club.

He reunited with Benitez during a loan spell at Napoli before signing for Bayern Munich. However, he only spent one year in Germany and rarely featured, struggling to get ahead of Manuel Neuer in the pecking order.

Last summer, he returned to Napoli on a three-year deal where he played 37 of their 38 league matches.

More than just a player

It’s clear that given his advancing years, Reina probably isn’t the goalkeeper he once was at Liverpool. Klopp has already purchased a talented young goalkeeper in Karius who is expected to rival Mignolet to be the regular in the sticks.

However, Klopp’s swoop for Reina may not just be performance related. Liverpool lack true leaders and people that know the club well - Reina fits both of those categories.

Also, he could potentially be a coach at the club and could help tutor 22-year-old Karius and help turn him into a world-class goalkeeper.

It’s certainly an interesting move for Klopp to go for Reina and Liverpool fans would no doubt be delighted with the return of a former hero.

Liverpool fans will be hoping other fan favourites could follow in Reina's footsteps and return to the club. Gerrard? Xabi Alonso? Luis Suarez?

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