Reina: Rafa won’t sell stars

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is confident manager Rafa Benitez won’t let midfield stars Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso leave the club this summer amid growing speculation linking both with moves to La Liga.

Mascherano has been the centre of speculation regarding a bid from European Champions Barcelona, whilst rumours linking Alonso to Real Madrid continue to rumble on.

But Reina is confident Benitez doesn’t want to see either the Argentine or Spanish leave Merseyside.

“I believe that he [Benitez] has his mind very clear and his idea in these moments is to not sell,” Reina said.

“He wants to continue with a team he has known for a long time, with an already fundamented base and where we know almost everything.

“Whoever wants to touch this team or this structure [Liverpool] will have to pay a lot of money.”