Liverpool should stick with Pepe Reina, says Tommy Smith
Former Liverpool defender Tommy Smith urges Brendan Rodgers to stick with goalkeeper Pepe Reina
Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith has urged Brendan Rodgers to keep faith in goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
The Reds were linked with a move for Swansea City shot-stopper Michel Vorm this week after the Dutch goalkeeper spoke of “special” relationship with former Swans boss Rodgers.
However, on Friday, Vorm reiterated his commitment to the Welsh club and poured cold water on speculation suggesting he could swap the Liberty Stadium for Anfield in the summer.
Reina made a below-par start to the campaign before rediscovering his form in the second half of the season, racking up 11 clean sheets in the Premier League.
And Smith reckons the Spain international is still one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, highlighted by past interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
“There’s also been speculation this week about the goalkeeping situation with Swansea City’s Michel Vorm coming out and saying he would love to be reunited with his old boss at Anfield,” Smith wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“I hope Rodgers sticks with Pepe Reina.
“If Liverpool are going to bring in another keeper they have to make sure he’s better than Reina but I don’t think there are many better than him around.
“He made two excellent saves in the second half against Reading last week and his form has improved a lot after a poor start to the season.
“The fact that the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal have been after Reina in the past merely emphasises the fact we’re lucky to have him.”