Pepe Reina welcomes Mignolet to Liverpool

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has welcomed imminent new signing Simon Mignolet to the club.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Spain’s Confederations Cup match with Nigeria tonight (8pm kick off UK), Reina was quizzed on Mignolet’s arrival after manager Brendan Rodgers had explained how the Belgian was arriving to add competition in the squad.

Reina was asked if his situation had changed and supplied a professional response:

“It hasn’t changed a bit. I’ve said it many times and I’m really happy and comfortable in Liverpool and every team needs competitors and when it’s positive and encouraging one it’s more than welcome.

If he’s [Mignolet] finally done, just to welcome him a lot and anything he needs, I’m here.”

Reina’s future has understandably come under question in light of Mignolet’s imminent arrival – the Sunderland man is expected to undergo a medical on Tuesday and complete a £9m move.

Rodgers yesterday insisted Mignolet was arriving to add competition in the position, but those words should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt, as explained here.

Meanwhile, Mignolet’s ‘representative’ Guy Vandermissen has claimed a deal is yet complete. He is quoted by Sky Sports:

“We hope that there can be a deal and he can go to Liverpool.

“If you go from Sunderland to Liverpool it is a big step forward. You have to make decisions at certain times.”

“I know the qualities of Simon and he can cope with any competition, it is no problem.”

Reina’s Liverpool future is largely dependent upon Victor Valdes’ – should he leave Barcelona, Reina would find a return to Camp Nou hard to turn down and Liverpool have already signed a replacement in that case with Mignolet.

Prudent planning, or forcing Pepe out? Let us know below.

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  • Kid of Kop

    If pepe is staying, why would we spend 10m on a reserve keeper.
    Still some enforcements are needed at CB & LB.
    Will that happen still with a good part of money spent on mignolet…

    • Rak S

      Very true.
      If we’regoing to buy the players we’ve been linked with, only having a net-spend of £20m, Reina will have to be sold.

  • Robbie

    This is one of those ones where if you don’t dismiss what the manager and Reina are saying than you’re an idiot, apparently.

    I for one like the idea of having two quality keepers to push each other and I think that’s exactly what happened at Madrid last season.

    Just like any other player, keepers can go through good and bad patches and more so if they feel like they ‘own’ the position. I know there’s the other school of thought that says you have to make keepers feel secure and comfortable but I’m going to stick my neck out and say that unless Valdez leaves Barca we’ll have 2 great keepers.

    • disgustedred

      You have to have 2 quality keepers and we did until Doni was struck down with heart problems. I would personally also get shot of Jones and bring in a decent youngster as understudy to Reina and Mignolet.

  • andrewm

    i think both keepers would accept a situation where mignolet got a small majority of the spots as long as pep maintains his form against the bigger opposition. i agree w/ robbie, i think the competition in the short run could be fantastic for both players. also, pep is significantly older than mignolet and if barcelona has made their intentions clear of signing him when valdez leaves next summer, a year of being peps understudy could do mignolet quite well. the belgians main weakness as a keeper is his distribution which is peps forte and extremely important to rodgers scheme. mignolet couldnt hope to have a better example/guiding figure than reina to help him develop that aspect of his game

  • singodimedjo

    maybe and just maybe, valdes will leave barca next summer, and they already make pre-contract agreement with reina.
    and somehow LFC knows it, so they need to buy another good GK to replace reina next summer.
    but this just my “conspiracy theory”
    anyway if this deal goes through it will be good for us

  • http://www.thisisanfield.com This Is Anfield

    Are you serious?!!