Last Updated: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:54
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has denied that the signing of Simon Mignolet means Pepe Reina will be on his way out of the club.
Reports claim that the Reds are close to securing a deal for Sunderland custodian Mignolet, who is widely regarded as one of the best keepers in the Premier League.
Reina moved to Anfield from Villarreal back in 2005 and has been a rock at the back for the Merseysiders and become a firm fans' favourite.
He bounced back from a slight dip in form to enjoy an excellent second half of last season and looked set to continue between the posts for the north-west outfit.
But rumours have been growing that the 30-year-old will leave this summer, with Mignolet set to replace him in the Liverpool goal.
Rodgers has now had his say on the matter and, far from admitting that Reina's days are numbered, he feels the arrival of a new shot-stopper could even inspire the Spaniard to reach new heights.
"One of the things we're trying to build is a competitive squad," he told the Daily Express. "Our squad was very thin last year. It's very important we have competition in every position and that wasn't always the case.
"Pepe and I went out for a meal a couple of months before the end of the season and I told him exactly what we were going to do, which was to provide real competition in that area."
Punters looking to use a free bet might fancy Liverpool to return to the top four this season with the players they are bringing in this summer, and they kick off their campaign against Stoke on August 17.
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