Liverpool looking to make January swoop for Birmingham youngster
Liverpool goal keeper Pepe Reina’s future has come under huge threat as manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to offload the Spaniard in the January transfer window, according to reports from The Daily Mail.
Rodgers, who has backed the 30-year-old right from his first day in charge at Anfield, is unconvinced with his performance so far this season. Further, he is not too convinced with Deputy goal-keeper Brad Jones either.
Reina was bought from Villarreal in the summer of 2005-06 by then manager Rafael Benitez and since then has served as a pillar of strength for the Reds at the back, making 265 appearances for the Merseyside club.
However, Rodgers has different ideas, and feels the time is right for some reinforcement in the goal keeping area at the club. Birmingham’s England goalkeeper Jack Butland is his favoured choice and has targeted young German prospect Ron-Robert Zieler as an alternative.
The Reds were close to signing Butland in the summer, but held off in the end. However, the Anfield club could well make a move for the 19-year-old in the January transfer window.
His alternative, Zielar, is touted as the next big thing in Germany, and is one of the finest goal-keeper in the country. The 23-year-old is contracted with Hannover with a £12.2m buy-out clause.