By Daniel Chokoe
Bayern Munich have completed the signing of goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a three-year deal from
Liverpool .The 31-year-old passed a medical with the Bundesliga champions on Thursday and has now finalised his switch to the Allianz Arena.
Reina will likely become the back-up to Germany international Manuel Neuer as Pep Guardiola’s
men aim to retain the German top-flight crown and regain the Champions League following
defeat to Real Madrid in the semi-finals last season.
The transfer ends Reina’s nine-year association with Liverpool, with whom he won the FA Cup,
League Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
Reina made 394 appearances for the Merseyside club, but was loaned out to Napoli last season
after Liverpool signed Belgium international Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.
That move saw Reina reunited with the coach who signed him for Liverpool in Rafael Benitez
and the pair again enjoyed success together as Napoli won the Coppa Italia and finished third in Serie A.
He will now link up with another old colleague in Guardiola, who he played with during his spell at
Reina becomes Bayern’s fourth acquisition of the close-season, following Robert Lewandowski, Sebastian Rode and Juan Bernat to the club.
The move might turn out to be a bad choice by Reina, as Neuer will unlikely give away the number 1 shirt to almost anyone on the planet. He is a great shot stopper who hates conceding goals and is very athletic. Reina chose to become a second best keeper just as he is reaching his peak years.