Pepe Reina's future has been left in more uncertainty after Rafa Benitez confirmed Napoli will not be approaching Liverpool over another loan deal for the goalkeeper.
The Spain international spent the 2013/14 season out on loan at the Serie A giants but the club's financial limitations have prevented them from striking another deal for the 31-year-old.
Reina, who has two years remaining on his contract at Anfield, recently admitted he was still hopeful of playing for Napoli again next season but Benitez believes his side are well stocked in goal.
"We don't seek a goalkeeper," Benitez said through his official website. "Rafael, with whom I keep in touch often to monitor his progress first hand, (Mariano) Andujar and (Roberto) Colombo are sufficient guarantee in our goal."
Reina appeared to cut his ties with Liverpool when left the club last summer following Simon Mignolet's, causing manager Brendan Rodgers to suggest his time at the club was over.
"He's already written his letter, hasn't he? He wrote a goodbye letter, didn't he?" Rodgers said last summer after Reina released an open letter thanking Liverpool supporters.
"I was surprised at the letter - when you are a loan player I would expect that he should come back, but obviously Pepe made it very clear when he went to Napoli that he was looking to move,"
With his Premier League future in real doubt and little interest emanating from Serie A, a return to Spain remains a possibility for Reina. With Barcelona still looking for cover for new arrival Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Atletico Madrid set to lose Thibaut Courtois the Reds' shot stopper could find himself returning to his homeland this summer.
"Being linked with Barcleona and Atletico is always pleasant. But today the truth is that I have to come back to Liverpool and we have not discussed anything different yet," Reina said in an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
"But if I have to go back to Liverpool I will gladly do it and I will try to fight for a place. It is a city, a people and a club that has given me so much".