Brendan Rodgers: Pepe Reina ‘totally understands’ what I want to do

Brendan Rodgers insists Pepe Reina "totally understands" the goalkeeping situation at Liverpool ahead of loan switch to Napoli

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Pepe Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005 Photo: Standard Chartered

Brendan Rodgers insists Pepe Reina “totally understands” the goalkeeping situation at Liverpool as the Spaniard edges towards a loan move to Napoli.

Reina is reportedly on wages of up to £110,000 a week at Anfield and the Liverpool boss concedes that moving the shot-stopper off the club’s books is one of the reasons behind his potential loan switch.

Rodgers had originally insisted that the arrival of Simon Mignolet this summer from Sunderland was to provide Reina with competition.

However, it appears that the 30-year-old is now set to move to Italy for the 2013-14 campaign.

“Reina’s got a big season ahead because it’s a World Cup year and one where, if he wasn’t going to be playing, could severely harm his chances of going,” Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

“Financially it is something we needed to look at. That would be the reason [for the loan] because obviously you wouldn’t move on a top goalkeeper.

“It reared its head over the last few months and I had to prepare for it by bringing in a new goalkeeper. Pepe is a good guy. I’ve a lot of time for him, and he understands what I want to do totally.”

Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005 after starting his career at Barcelona.

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