Liverpool FC showing great faith in Simon Mignolet
THE news that Pepe Reina is likely to be moving on from Anfield to Napoli illustrates two things.
Firstly, Liverpool must believe they have signed the real deal in Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.
And secondly, that the role of the goalkeeper, of all the different positions on the field, is the most difficult in which to keep two top operators happy at the same club at the same time.
Of course, all goalkeepers train together wholeheartedly and collegiately – they’re their own ‘club within a club’ in many ways. But understandably they all want to be the first-team goalkeeper, not the man who warms the bench. So it is time for Reina to move on.
Liverpool will also be able to put Reina’s freed-up wages to good use as they continue to build a squad that will deliver a strong challenge this season.
Reina has been a first-class servant for the Reds. His eight seasons at the club have been outstanding, and he rightly has his place in the pantheon of great Anfield men between the posts.
ANOTHER cracking example of top-class rugby league on Sky Sports on Monday night as St Helens came out on top in a rib-tickling derby match against arch-rivals Wigan Warriors.
This was more sub-tropical rugby league than summer rugby league as the match was played in conditions more suited to football on Brazil’s Copacabana Beach.
Wigan held some key players back for this Saturday’s Challenge Cup semi-final with London Broncos but whether those marquee names, including Sam Tomkins, could have swung the result in their favour is up for doubt.
St Helens, no doubt responding to chairman, Eamonn McManus’s recent rallying call, were up for it – and when Joe Greenwood crashed over the line for the late decisive score it was no more than they deserved.
Most stunning moment of the game, however, was Wigan’s Pat Richards incredible drop-kick – whilst on the move and close to the halfway-line. A YouTube moment in the making.
All in all, great stuff!
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