Rumours around the Spanish goalkeeper exiting Liverpool this summer aren’t necessarily a new thing and it’s believed serious talks had been held about a move for the #1. It is even believed that Reina wanted out of Liverpool and back to his boyhood club of Barcelona (why do I get the feeling that everyone’s boyhood club is Barcelona?), with the Merseyside club not really playing up to the highest level in England. So naturally, talks started and Liverpool would have some things to consider for the future of their net-keeping.
So just like any other club, Liverpool would have to think of other options should Reina end up leaving for Barcelona – the only destination he had any interest of going to (again; that whole boyhood club thing). Rumours swirled, maybe some talks were held, but after a while the whole thing kind of quieted down earlier this summer and it didn’t seem like Reina was going anywhere. Then bam! Liverpool sign Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet. The Belgian #1 and a hot target for a number of the big clubs in England. Solid goalkeeper, good experience, young and looking for the next step in his career. Good signing for any club.
Well, good signing for any club that DOESN’T ALREADY HAVE ONE OF THE BEST ‘KEEPERS IN THE WORLD. What a kick in the dick to Reina, AMIRITE? Here he is, ready to pledge his future again to Liverpool, and they go and sign another top goalie to replace a goalie they weren’t able to sell. This creates issues. Issues of having two #1’s on your squad, with only one spot on the field. So what do you do? Well, if your Chief Shit Head John Henry, you go behind the back of the player who has been loyal to the club for 8 years and LOAN him out to some club he has no interest in joining. Reina, as one might expect, wasn’t too pleased with this move and in a hope to express his feelings about the situation to the Liverpool fans he wrote a letter, the jist of which you can find below:
I am disappointed that I will not be part of that and although it was not my decision to leave I will accept it just like I have always accepted any decision that Liverpool have taken for me. They signed me, picked me, gave me some of the best experiences of my life and looked after me. If they feel that the best thing for me and for them is for me to go on loan to Napoli for a season then so be it. Napoli is a new challenge for me and I know that the fans are just as passionate about their team as the Liverpool fans, so I am really looking forward to playing for them this season and I will give my all.
But if I have one regret, it is the way that I am leaving. It is only natural that I would be disappointed that the Liverpool management agreed to loan me to Napoli without telling me first, I thought that I deserved better than that even though I understand that difficult decisions have to be taken in football. A lot has been made about me informing the club that if an offer came in from Barcelona that I would have liked them to consider it. But I had also spoken to the club about the possibility of extending my contract if the offer was not made. I told the manager that I wanted to play for Liverpool and that Barcelona would only become an option for me if the opportunity arrived, like the rumours said it would, as it would be a chance for me to go back home. When it didn’t come I was happy to fight for my place so I was surprised that Liverpool decided it was in the club´s interests to send me to Napoli instead.
Class act, John Henry. Continuing to have NO idea how to run a football club.