Merseysiders need a long-term replacement for the Barca-bound Reina.
Liverpool expect to tie up the £10 million capture of Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet by the end of this week, according to reports in The Times.
The highly rated Belgium international has been with the Black Cats for just the past three campaigns now, having originally been signed for the north-east giants by previous head coach Steve Bruce from Belgium outfit Sint-Truiden in June 2010 on a five-year deal worth just the £2 million.
And in the intervening three-year period the 25-year-old has proved himself to be one of the most consistent and impressive shot stoppers plying their trade in the Premier League, featuring in 101 matches in all competitions for the club in that time, including 90 contests in the top flight.
However, new Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has accepted that the club cannot keep the keeper from fulfilling his dream move to Anfield when the summer transfer window reopens for buisness on July 1, with the Italian said to be happy with Black Cats No 2 Keiren Westwood in any case.