Liverpool goalkeeper Reina was one of the few players at the club to keep his reputation intact during a turbulent season at Anfield, keeping 17 clean sheets, a total matched only by Chelsea’s Petr Cech, to earn a share of the Premier League’s Golden Gloves award for the fourth time in five years.
Reina pledged his future to Liverpool in April, signing a six-year contract, and was tipped as the club’s future captain by Steven Gerrard, but has had to settle for being a reliable understudy for Spain.
He was an unused squad member at the last World Cup and at Euro 2008 he only played in the final group match against Greece. His only appearance in World Cup qualifying was the 2-1 win in Armenia last October.
The son of former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Reina Santos, Reina began his career at Barcelona and played against Liverpool in the 2001 Uefa Cup semi-final. He later claimed the reception he got from the Kop was a deciding factor in his eventual move to the club.
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