Pepe to become our new Premier League number ten
Thursday, 21st October 2010
Fresh from skippering the side for the first time in the second half at SSC Napoli on Thursday, Pepe Reina is set to move into the club's top ten for number of Premier League games played, assuming he turns out against Blackburn Rovers at Anfield on Sunday in what will be his 191st Premiership game for Liverpool.

He signed from Villarreal for £6m in July 2005, and is currently contracted with the club until 2016. He has so far missed just eight League games since his arrival in L4, and has been ever-present in the League for the past three seasons. He has kept a remarkable 96 clean sheets in his 190 Premier League games to date, although only two of these have come in his eight outings this season. He has won the Premier League's ‘golden gloves' award for most clean sheets in four out of his five campaigns in England.

Reina's 191st Premier League game will draw him level with Dietmar Hamann. Der Kaiser made a total of 283 appearances for the reds, helping us to claim the Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and the FA Charity Shield after signing from Newcastle United for £8m in July 1999. He moved on to both Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City in a bizarre transfer saga in July 2006 to bring his Anfield career to a close, and is now playing for MK Dons.

It will only take another 23 Premiership outings before the 28-year old keeper can move up another place in this list, alongside David James. However, he would then still be more than 200 League games behind Jamie Carragher, who leads this list, as well as currently ranking eighth in terms of all League games, not just under the new branding.

Current Top 10 Premier League Appearances:
1. Jamie Carragher (443)
2. Steven Gerrard (374)
3. Sami Hyypiä (318)
4. Robbie Fowler (266)
5. Steve McManaman (240)
6. John Arne Riise (234)
7. Jamie Redknapp (231)
8. Michael Owen (216)
9. David James (214)
10. Dietmar Hamann (191)

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