Date: 7th March 2013 at 6:11pm
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A lot has been said about Pepe Reina lately; ‘maybe it is time for him move on’ as he’s apparently past his best.

For me it is paramount that we keep him beyond the end of the season and for years to come.

If he did leave the club we would not get a keeper of his calibre again.

I’m sorry but Begovic, Al Habsi and now Mingolet have been linked with the club and that is ridiculous.

They are not top class keepers and their respective clubs are positioned where they are in the table because they are conceding goals very often.

Pepe showed on Saturday night against Wigan how good he actually is. Even though Luis got the hat-trick and rightly so, got the plaudits at the end of the game, praise must be given to Reina for the saves he made. Three crucial acrobatic saves which on another day the players would have scored from and the result may have been different altogether. Plus, people may forget also that Pepe likes to start attacking moves, and his pass to Coutinho set him on his way to set up the first goal for Downing.

Brendan Rodgers praised our number one keeper after the game:

“I said to the players afterwards that it was an outstanding performance from Pepe…he made big saves at crucial moments. Sometimes goals, especially away from home, can change the momentum of games, but Pepe was focused throughout. His pass for the first goal to Philippe Coutinho opened up the pitch really well.

“He was deserving of his clean sheet – our 11th in the league this season.”

I know some people are going to say well he has had a dip for a few seasons. I understand that he has not been playing consistently well for a short period but all players have dips in form and as the saying goes ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’.

The defensive unit as a whole should take responsibility for the goals which have been conceded this season, as sometimes it is not the keepers fault!

Credit must be given to Pepe for the saves he has made throughout the season which has helped the whole team. One example would be the save near the end of the home game versus Swansea – yes the game was won already but it was fundamental in keeping a clean sheet.

Pepe also has a good relationship with manager Brendan Rodgers, as he stated:

“I have a great relationship with him. We have a lot of ideas in common and the way we see football is quite similar. Our understanding about tactics and feeling for football is very similar. I’m very happy with our manager”.

Hopefully this statement, as well as his infinity with the fans, the club and the city, will be enough for both parties to resist offers in the summer. Put it this way: I would rather keep Pepe than make a profit.

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