Reina is expected to be reunited with former manager Rafael Benitez at the Serie A club by completing his switch in the coming days, ending an eight year spell as Liverpool‘s number one in the process.
The Spaniard’s future at Anfield has been the topic of speculation for some time, with a slight dip in form over the past two seasons suggesting his days at the club could be numbered.
Those rumours went into overdrive following the arrival of Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet this summer, with Rodgers clear that his £9million signing from Sunderland will go into the new season as first choice.
Therefore the Liverpool manager has revealed he could not justify keeping Reina – on a reported £110,000 a week at Anfield – if he was to merely be used as a squad player.
“Financially it was something that we needed to look at,” said Rodgers. “That would be the reason (to move Reina) as you wouldn’t move on a top goalkeeper.
“It (the situation) reared its head over the last couple of months and I had to prepare by bringing in another keeper.
“Pepe is a good guy. I’ve a lot of time for him, and he understands what I want to do totally.
“He’s got a big season ahead because it’s a World Cup year and one where, if he wasn’t going to be playing, could severely harm his chances of going.”
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