Reina moans about exile in Naples

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Liverpool's awkward summer in the transfer market continued with goalkeeper Jose Reina complaining about being sent to Napoli on loan. With Liverpool already struggling to hang on to their only proven goalscorer Luis Suarez, further discontent was the last thing manager Brendan Rodgers needed.

The Spanish goalkeeper was a popular figure with Liverpool fans, but it is easy to sympathise with Rodgers in this instance. Rumours had suggested that Reina was keen to move to Barcelona. Rodgers acted quickly and signed a replacement in Simone Mignolet. When the Barcelona move foundered, the manager was left with a spare keeper on high wages.

The facts have not stopped Reina complaining, in the form of an open letter to fans. "It is only natural that I would be disappointed that the Liverpool management agreed to loan me to Napoli without telling me first," he wrote. "I thought that I deserved better than that even though I understand that difficult decisions have to be taken in football."

Reina adopts the tricky rhetorical position of underlying his loyalty to Liverpool, while admitting he fancied Barcelona. "If an offer came in from Barcelona I would have liked them to consider it," he says, "but I had also spoken to the club about the possibility of extending my contract if the offer was not made."

At this stage it's tempting to wonder whether there is a Spanish translation of "to have your cake and eat it". "I wanted to play for Liverpool and Barcelona would only become an option for me if the opportunity arrived, as it would be a chance for me to go back home," Reina added.

Rodgers, already tearing his hair out over the Suarez business, might be cheered up by reader comments in the Liverpool Echo, most of them blaming Reina for flirting with Barcelona in the first place.

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