Liverpool are plotting a stunning return for goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a free transfer this summer to act as backup to Lorus Karius, according to a report.

The Sun claim on their website that the Reds could spring a huge shock and bring the 35-year-old Spanish shot stopper back to Anfield after he left, initially on loan to Napoli, in 2013, before heading out to Bayern Munich permanently a year later.

A firm fan favourite on Merseyside, he made 395 appearances for Liverpool, and will be available for a free transfer this summer with his contract at Napoli running out, having made 45 appearances for the Italian club this season.

It is said that he would act solely as the number two goalkeeper, with Karius learning from his experience as number one.

Football Insider verdict

A summer swoop for Reina would be a stunning move and one which have the Liverpool faithful in complete shock. The Spaniard is a cult hero at Anfield and his return would be much welcomed, although whether he would be happy sitting as number two as he reaches the end of his career is another thing entirely. What this seems to mean is that Simon Mignolet has no chance of rescuing his Liverpool career and looks set to be shipped out this summer, and that probably is for the best considering his number of gaffes in between the sticks. Karius is not innocent of not making mistakes but he certainly looks a more assured figure as the last line of defence, and perhaps using Reina as a tutor could help him to eliminate errors from his game. Either way, it looks as though there could be some serious changes in the Reds’ squad, and whether that involves a shock return for Reina awaits to be seen.

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