On Monday night, Pepe Reina became the fastest Liverpool goalkeeper in history to claim a century of clean sheets in the league. Reina claimed his hundredth clean sheet in his 198th game to take the record away from Ray Clemence who reached his 100 in 217 games. Bruce Grobbelaar is third having gotten to his century after 225 games.
Credit to Pepe for achieving this milestone. I have been speaking to a couple of Liverpool fans and they think that by simply achieving this 100 clean sheet feat faster than any other goal keeper Liverpool has had means that he is the best we have ever had. But then some argue that Pepe has not won many accolades with Liverpool.
Pepe has been at Liverpool since 2005 and he has won the FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and the Community Shield. Granted he has only been at Liverpool for five years but that is not a lot of silverware. You can not blame Reina for the lack of trophies, the team has just not fired and been the best in the country as opposed to the days Clemence and Grobbelaar were in goal.
During Clemence’s 14 years at Liverpool he managed to walk away with 5 League titles, an FA Cup, 3 European Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 League Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 5 Community Shields. Not a bad haul of medals at all.
Grobbelaar was at Liverpool for 14 years too and in that time he got 6 League titles, 3 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 1 European Cup and 5 Community Shields.
So both these goal keepers were at the club for 14 years and achieved great success, so is it too early to try compare Pepe with them as he has not been at the club as long as they have?
Let us know your thoughts on who you think is the greatest Liverpool goal keeper of all time and let us know why.