Brendan Rodgers explained that Pepe Reina’s exit from Liverpool seemed likely as long ago as during last season.
Barcelona were strongly linked with a move for the goalkeeper and it seems that an offer from the Spanish giants had turned Reina’s head, at least according to Rodgers, and so Simon Mignolet was signed as a replacement to cover the Spaniard’s exit from Anfield.
Rodgers informed the media that Reina leaving was “best” for him.
“It was obviously a difficult decision. From last season, really, as a manager I was led to believe that we were going to get an offer for Pepe that would probably see him leave the club. On the football side, we have to protect the team, and at that stage we started our search for another goalkeeper.
“That found us Simon Mignolet, who’s top class – one of the top young European goalkeepers. As events transpired, that move [for Reina] didn’t happen and it left us with two very good goalkeepers. Both would have been fighting for the No.1 position. Then obviously an opportunity arose for Pepe and it was one we felt as a football club was best for him to take.”