Reina was signed from Villarreal in July 2005, with Rafa Benítez hailing him as “the best goalkeeper in Spain” – no pressure! He’s an athletic shot stopper who quickly established himself as Liverpool’s no.1 goalkeeper.
To say he was a success is an understatement. Whilst strikers get all the headlines, Goalkeepers are often the forgotten men. He made such an impact that in his 1st 3 seasons he won the Premier League’s Golden Glove, for keeping the most clean sheets. In the 2009-10 season he tied with Petr Čech for the Golden Glove award. Truly amazing.
His 1st Liverpool record was for the fewest goals conceded by a goalkeeper in his first 50 games, conceding just 29. The previous record was set by Ray Clemence in 1970–71, when he conceded 32 goals.
He also became the quickest goalkeeper in Liverpool history to keep a half century of clean sheets. Achieving this during his 92nd league game.
On 22 March 2009, Reina kept his 100th clean sheet for Liverpool in a Premier League match against Aston Villa. The fastest of any Liverpool keeper in history!! That game he even set up a goal for Albert Riera with a long pass during Liverpool’s 5–0 win.
He was ever-present in the Liverpool starting line-up, playing an astonishing 183 consecutive League games – only ending due to a suspension.
Towards the end of that season, there were rumours that Víctor Valdés was to leave Barcelona for Monaco and Reina was to be his replacement. Valdés chose to stay at Barcelona for another season, so no move took place. In anticipation of Reina’s departure, Liverpool bought his replacement – Belgian international keeper Simon Mignolet.
Reina was loaned out to Napoli for the 2013–14 season. Liverpool failed to tell Reina about the loan prior to the move.
Reina made my team because he is a record breaker. Golden Glove awards, fastest to 50 clean sheets. He oozes quality and something we have missed since he left.
Have a confident keeper in goal and it resonates throughout the team.
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