1st Team Goalkeepers: Pepe Reina (29), Doni (32), Brad Jones (30), Peter Gulasci (22)
It’s a big season for Liverpool, especially when it comes to their goalkeeping ranks. Pepe Reina has been a brilliant acquisition for the club, but he’ll want to see progress under Brendan Rodgers or the option of joining a more competitive squad will start to appeal. He is renowned for his ambition and scrambling around for a Europa League place isn’t likely to quench his thirst for success. There have been whispers of a possible departure in the past and we can expect them to re-emerge should the Rodgers Revolution struggle to take hold.
Last season wasn’t Reina’s best for Liverpool, but given the club’s difficulties both on and off the pitch, it wasn’t a major talking point. He was a little more sloppy with his handling than we’ve come to expect, but his talent makes these blips fairly insignificant in comparison to his considerable strengths. He’s still one of the very best goalkeepers in the world and even a dip in form doesn’t take much away from his fantastic ability.
After Reina got sent off against Newcastle, which gave Alexander Doni a chance to stake his claim to be a starter, but that didn’t last long as he was dismissed in the next game against Blackburn. It could happen to anyone, but it was a big blow to the Brazilian who has repeatedly made noises about wanting to usurp Reina as first choice. With his vast experience, he’s a very useful option to have in reserve, but if he gets a chance in future, he’ll need to be more disciplined than we’ve seen previously.
Brad Jones was the eventual beneficiary of all the suspensions towards the end of the season and he got an unexpected appearance in an FA Cup semi-final. His time in the limelight was especially heart-warming after his five year old son, Luca died from leukemia last November. He started Liverpool’s first Europa League game of the season and although he won’t start ahead of Reina for the league campaign, it’s a sign that Rodgers probably sees him as the number two ahead of Doni.
Peter Gulasci is the up and coming goalkeeper of the squad. He has had several loan spells since joining the club in 2008 and he’s likely to be shipped out once more as he looks to build up his experience.