Liverpool transfers: Pepe Reina backs Napoli’s Martin Skrtel pursuit

Liverppol transfers: On-loan Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina backs the Serie A outfit's pursuit of Martin Skrtel

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

Pepe Reina has backed Napoli’s pursuit of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel this summer.

Former Reds manager Rafael Benítez has been linked with a swoop for the out-of-favour Slovakia international, who the Spaniard brought to Anfield in 2008.

The 28-year-old, who scored two goals in 25 Premier League appearances last term, signed a new long-term deal with the Merseyside outfit last summer.

And Reina, who joined Napoli on a season-long loan earlier this month, described Skrtel as a great player, but the goalkeeper refused to comment on the likelihood of the defender moving to the Serie A side.

“I don’t know what Napoli are looking for but I can say Martin Skrtel is a good player,” said Reina.

“But he is a Liverpool player. His qualities would be great for any team and he is a great player.

“I respect Liverpool, Martin Skrtel and all of the Napoli players, so I can’t say anything more about this.”

Skrtel has scored seven goals in 151 Premier League appearances for Liverpool after the Slovakian completed a £6.5m move to the Reds from Zenit St Petersburg.

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