Rodgers says money influenced Reina move

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has explained that finances influenced his decision to let Pepe Reina join Napoli on a season-long loan, Sky Sports understands.

The Spain international will fly to Italy this week to join up with the Serie A runners up after the club sanctioned the deal.

His future at Anfield had been under the spotlight for some time, with reports that Barcelona were keen on re-signing him.

The arrival of Belgium international Simon Mignolet last month placed further doubt on Reina’s role ahead of the forthcoming season, and Rodgers has suggested that the club could not justify paying wages of £110,000 a week for someone who could well be a back-up.

The 30 year old is also keen on establishing himself ahead of next summer’s World Cup, where Spain will be looking to become the first side in over fifty years to retain the trophy.

Meanwhile, Luis Suarez has joined up with Liverpool in Australia on their pre-season tour, the Express understands.

The Uruguay international will meet up with Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre face to face for the first time since publicly expressing a desire to leave the club.

Arsenal have been linked with the 26 year old, but have so far failed to meet the Reds £40m valuation.

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