The Spanish shot-stopper spent last season at the Stadio San Paolo, after the Reds made Simon Mignolet their No.1.

Benitez had been expected to take the 31-year-old back to Italy next season but, speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, the ex-Anfield boss claims he’s can’t afford the goalie.

When asked whether Reina’s future lies in the Premier League, he said: “Yes. Pepe has two years left on his contract at Liverpool.

“He has to go back and he’ll stay there. We can’t afford Pepe’s wages.