Mignolet welcomes competition brought by Reina return

Pepe Reina

Simon Mignolet and Pepe Reina could be fighting it out for the number one spot if the Spaniard stays at the club.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet appears to have welcomed the return of Pepe Reina to the club after the Spaniard spent last season on loan at Napoli. 

Mignolet was signed from Sunderland for £9 million last summer and was the number one goalkeeper for the Reds whilst Reina spent time away from the club in Italy.

However, the wages that the Spaniard commands means he has returned to the club and is available to leave the club for around £4 million this summer, but with no clubs willing to purchase Reina for the time being, it means he is with the club on their tour of the United States.

Belgian stopper Mignolet seems relaxed to have Reina with the rest of the squad. 

He's quoted by Sky Sports, saying: "Competition can only be a good thing.

"It makes you a better player. I'm very happy that everyone is here; we'll work hard in training and push each other on to a better level."

If reports from last season are anything to go by, manager Brendan Rodgers probably sees Mignolet as his number one goalkeeper going into this campaign, after suggesting he wanted him to be in the side for many years to come.

Reina also wrote a letter to the Liverpool fans as he departed for Napoli, which Rodgers seemingly cited as indication that Spaniard had probably played his last game for the club.

However, last summer, Mignolet's arrival attracted similar comments from Reina regarding competition so maybe there's much to read into this return, as Reina may not be at the club when the Reds kick off their Premier League campaign against Southampton on August 17.

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Some have said the elder keeper in Reina is probably best suited to the style of play currently undertaken by the Reds and is better at commanding his area than Mignolet, with the Belgian regarded as the prolific shot stopper. 

It would be interesting if both goalkeepers are still at the club when the transfer window shuts at the start of September, and if they are rotated at all.

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