Speaking to the Liverpool Echo yesterday, Aldridge bemoaned Chelsea's 'horrendous' first goal in the FA Cup final, and blamed Reina for being beaten 'far too easily' at his near post.
I don't think many fans would disagree with that assessment, and I'm sure most objective observers would concede that Reina's form has been patchy all season. The question is, why? Aldridge believes that there may be a coaching issue affecting Reina's performances on the field. He said:
"There’s talk he [Reina] is not happy with the coaching he gets. He has to take a close look at his own form and get to the bottom of why it has dipped.
Aldo is in the know at Anfield so I doubt he would say something like that unless he'd heard it from someone close to Reina.
Whatever the issue, there's always an excuse when it comes to the poor form of LFC players, and fans/ex-players always rush to relieve these overpaid primadonnas of any responsibility. Why does it always have to be someone else's fault?
What does coaching have to do with getting the basics right, like covering your near post, or actually making an concerted attempt to make a save? Whatever the reason for Reina's increasing number of mistakes, Aldridge believes that his form issues are only temporary:
"All players go through bad spells and I’m sure he will work on things and come back in pre-season keen to prove he’s back to his old self. We’ve certainly got to keep faith with him".
Let's hope he's right.