(Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe) : Watched by a pair of players wearing the # 23 shirt — Arsenal’s Russia international midfielder ANDREI ARSHAVIN and Liverpool’s England international defender JAMIE CARRAGHER — Spain’s deputy World Cup goalkeeper, PEPE REINA, makes a full-stretch save at Anfield on the opening weekend of play in the English Premier League.
Liverpool have bought a new goalkeeper but Reina’s position of first choice is not thought to be in peril.
Oddly enough, the day after Spain’s World Cup deputy PEPE REINA fumbled the ball into his own net for a last-minute equalizer, FC LIVERPOOL have announced the purchase of a new goalkeeper.
The Reds have agreed terms with Middlesborough to transfer Australia international BRAD JONES to Anfield for a reported fee of 2.3 million English pounds.
The 28-year-old, who has been under contract to Middlesborough for his entire senior professional career, had loan spells at five different English clubs before becoming first choice for the Teessiders after the departure of Australia World Cup shot-stopper MARK SCHWARZER to Fulham Athletic in the summer of 2008.
In all, Jones made 76 league appearances for Middlesborough, who were relegated from the Premiership at the end of the 2008-09 campaign, and has also earned two caps for Australia.
Meanwhile, the Reds and new manager ROY HODGSON currently boast no fewer than five senior goalkeepers on the books at Anfield.
Spain international PEPE REINA is the clear first choice while the Brazilian DIEGO CAVALIERI, who started both of Liverpool’s UEFA Europa League games this summer, is the current deputy.
Also on board for the moment are the 27-year-old Frenchman CHARLES ITANDJI, who played 19 league games for Greek side AC Kavala last year and seems certain to be sent out on loan again this season, and the 20-year-old Hungarian PETER GULACSI, who was dressed as Liverpool’s backup goalkeeper for both UEFA Europa League games against FK Rabotnicki Skopje of Macedonia.