Reina – I’m very happy at Liverpool

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina has told Spanish media he is happy at Liverpool and denied reports linking him with a return to Barcelona.

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The Reds number 25 has been strongly linked with a return to the club he started his career with since Victor Valdes expressed his intentions to leave the Camp Nou.

Reina is quoted telling Radio Marca “Any talk of me joining Barca is just speculation. I’ve got a contract at Liverpool and I’m very happy here.

“I am sure Victor Valdes with have his reasons for deciding to leave Barcelona. I respect him. He’s my teammate and friend. He’ll be leaving with his head held high, as he’s given his all to Barcelona.”

Reina made 30 appearances for Barca after coming through their famous academy system before a move to Villareal in 2002 – from where he joined Liverpool in 2005. The 30 year is closing in on his 400th appearance for the club but has struggled to find consisten form in the past 18 months.

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  • Omad

    Glad to hear this, just hope its true im sure he will be back to his best in no time :)

  • Omad

    I don’t agree with the people who say he should be sold , but we do need another back up keeper of better quality to keep reina on his toes coz jones ain’t up to it IMO

  • Redblooded Male

    I fear If BR attempts to buy Al Habsi, it could have the same effect on Reina as when Rafa unsettled Alonso with the pursuit of Barry. If we do get rid of Pepe then only the likes of Stekelenburg, Julio Cesar or Valdes should replace him, although BR will probably shock/disappoint us with Al Habsi, or Ajaccio’s keeper Ochoa. Glad we didn’t get Butland either.

    • tommygun

      I still believe that Alonso needed to be shaken up, when Rafa was talking about bringing in Barry, Alonso had been playing quite poorly for around a season before that. I think that Rafa went too far in touting Alonso around, he should have left it at trying to bring in Barry in addition to having Alonso & it should have had the same effect….making Alonso realise he’d maybe fallen into a comfort zone believing his place was assured no matter what because there was no real challenger for his place in the team.
      But the effect was clear to see. Alonso saw his place was under threat & suddenly he returned to his previous excellent standards, we saw a sudden and marked improvement in his performances, his sloppy form was left behind. So it seems clear that he had been guilty of phoning in a number of performances, had not been putting his all into games for a season to a season and a half before the talk of barry began. After that he was back to his best, he showed excellent form for the remainder of his time at Anfield. Rafa then made it clear he was happy for Alonso to stay – but Xabi had clearly got the hump over the situation and we know the rest.
      Bottom line, if you play for a top team and your form is poor for a season or more, if the manager suspects that your not giving your all…..then you should expect your place in the team and quite possibly the club to be in danger. You should expect it, and accept it.
      As it is I think Rafa went too far in touting Alonso around, but I also think Alonso HAD been guilty of coasting in a comfort zone & then spat the dummy when he got the shock of his place being under real threat.

  • rubyrm

    we still need a backup goalie. Pepe wants to stay. But is he really good enough?

  • Dylan

    Go after a young German keeper there’s a flock of them

  • Ross

    He is a great keeper, the reason why the greatest team in the world might be interested in buying him.

    Trust me, with the state Liverpool are in, if were to lose Reina there is no chance of signing another keeper of his class. He must be kept.

  • tommygun

    Good news if he really wants to stay. We all know his form dipped below his usually excellent standards for a couple of seasons. But we also know just how brilliant a keeper he can be when he’s on form, one of the best in the game. It’s down to the coach’s to make sure he get’s back to something like his imperious best. In keeper terms he’s still only young, has plenty of years left in the game, and his best years could still be ahead of him. I think it would be good for him and for us to have another keeper who is really capable of making him work for the number 1 spot.
    Jones did a decent job when called upon for the most part, but he doesn’t have the quality to be a genuine contender as our number 1 & therefore really push pepe.