Brendan Rodgers explains Napoli loan move for Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina
By Tim Oscroft
Friday 26 July 2013 09:30, UK
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Pepe Reina was allowed to go on loan to give the goalkeeper more chances to play.
With the 2014 World Cup looming at the end of the forthcoming season, Rodgers also felt that Reina needed a guarantee of regular football to improve his chances of making the world champions' squad.
He added: "An opportunity arose for Pepe and it was one we felt as a football club was best for him to take.
"As a senior goalkeeper, he needs to be playing. It's a very important year for him with the World Cup next year. It wouldn't have served any purpose, both for the club and him personally, if he'd been the one missing out.
"It's decided he will go to Napoli and we've got two very good goalkeepers still at the football club."
Liverpool also have goalkeeper Brad Jones, who signed a new long-term deal last December, on their books while Reina has three years to run on his current contract.
"We'll review it after the loan finishes," added Rodgers.