By FOX SPORTS staff
Helmed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, Napoli are widely expected to announce the arrival of Reina on loan in the coming days, having grown frustrated with drawn out contract talks involving Queens Park Rangers' Julio Cesar.
Rodgers admitted to the Liverpool Echo that Reina's departure had been in the works for a while, as the Reds could no longer justify shelling out exorbitant wages for the Spaniard.
"Financially it is something we needed to look at, that would be the reason because obviously you wouldn’t move on a top goalkeeper," he explained.
"It reared its head over the last few months and I had to prepare for it by bringing in a new goalkeeper."
Citing Reina's desire to make La Roja's World Cup squad as the goalkeeper's main motivation for agreeing to the move, Rodgers insisted that the two parted on a mutual understanding.
"Pepe is a good guy. I’ve a lot of time for him, and he understands what I want to do totally," he stated.
"He’s got a big season ahead because it’s a World Cup year and one where, if he wasn’t going to be playing, could severely harm his chances of going."