Reina Lied About Barca Links

Handout

With Pepe Reina's father revealing the goalkeeper had agreed a move to Barcelona that fell through last summer, the player's subsequent claims of surprise at being shipped out of Anfield leave an increasingly sour note.

It might be about time for Pepe Reina and everybody connected to Pepe Reina to stop talking. At least when it comes to his footballing future, as after leaving Liverpool in what seemed a clean, necessary break for all parties, Reina can't seem to stop talking about his old club. It's an approach that some Liverpool supporters have quickly begun to tire of, and a new set of revelations from the goalkeeper's father that make it clear Reina lied to fans will likely push everyone else into that camp.

A month ago, Pepe Reina was insisting rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona last summer were nothing but the delusions of rumour mongers desperate to fill column inches and drive traffic. It was all, he claimed, "an invention of newspapers." Further, Reina insisted he didn't care about such paper talk, despite that he was busy talking about that paper talk two months into his Napoli loan spell and with next summer's transfer window still most of a year off.

At least twice since he left Liverpool to reunite with Rafa Benitez on loan in Serie A, Reina has wrung his hands about how surprised he was when Liverpool looked to ship him off over the summer. His loan move in particular "did come as a surprise," the goalkeeper claiming "nobody told me anything" until Napoli rang him up to let him know he'd been sent to Italy. He has also complained that Liverpool's signing of Simon Mignolet earlier in the summer had come as a complete surprise.

In all of this, Reina cast himself as the victim. In his world, suggestions he was planning a move away from the club before last season ended were patently false and Liverpool went behind his back, surprising him by signing a new goalkeeper when he expected to stay at Anfield. Then, having signed a new goalkeeper, the club kept him in the dark while they attempted to get rid of him. Reina's spin, though, does become problematic if everybody finds out, say, that all the Barcelona paper talk he's denounced was entirely true.

"A few months ago Pepe was in negotiations with Barcelona," Miguel Reina, the goalkeeper's father, admitted over the weekend when Marca asked about last summer's rumours of a possible return to Catalonia, where at the time many expected Victor Valdes heading to Monaco and Reina was seen as the safe short-term option to replace him. "He had reached an agreement and planned to leave [Liverpool]."

Pepe Reina's time at Anfield had likely come to an end one way or another, but this new information confirming he was in talks with Barcelona and planned to leave if given the opportunity to return a the club whose system he came up through leave a sour taste after he previously insisted his departure was due to Liverpool's machinations. Reina wanted to go home and Liverpool wanted to move on, and most would have been happy enough to hear that from the goalkeeper.

Instead, because Valdes stuck around to run down his Barcelona contract and things didn't quite work out as Reina had hoped, fans have had to listen to him act as though he'd been unceremoniously booted out of Anfield despite his having been planning a way out all along. That won't sit right for many, and it shouldn't. Nothing can undermine what he did for Liverpool while at the club, but the method of a player's leaving can certainly add an asterisk, and Reina's has one now.

More from The Liverpool Offside:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Liverpool Offside

You must be a member of The Liverpool Offside to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Liverpool Offside. You should read them.

Join The Liverpool Offside

You must be a member of The Liverpool Offside to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Liverpool Offside. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker