Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres are both ready to leave Liverpool, frustrated with their teammates inability to adapt to life under Roy Hodgson and humiliated by their position in the Premier League’s relegation zone. Giving their efforts to leave Liverpool that bit more intrigue and excitement are the ‘secret get-out clauses’ the pair are believed to be willing to activate – something which gives their attempts to desert Liverpool the sheen of a second-rate spy thriller.
The Daily Mirror ‘exclusive’ reports that unfulfilled promises to invest in the team is the reason for their desire to quit.
Of course, there is apparently clamour for both the players’ signatures. Manchester City loiter around Torres, whilst Manchester United and Arsenal are believed to be plotting a bidding war for Reina.
Hodgson denies Reina wants-away.
rumours which link him with replacing the timeless Edwin van der Sar in the Manchester United goal. Although the 28-year-old renewed a six-year contract as recently as April, speculation has mounted over his future at the club – primarily due to Liverpool’s poor start to the 2010/11 Premier League season.
“It was just one of those stories which seems to occur – it’s just disappointing and annoying,” Hodgson said. The unlikeliness of Reina joining one of Liverpool’s traditional rivals was encapsulated by Hodgson saying, “Pepe is fantastic here, he is a lifeblood of this team.”
Skrtel wants continued improvement.
Martin Skrtel hopes that Liverpool’s display against Blackpool – their best of the season so far – can be carried on into their game against a much-improved Bolton team. A trip to the Reebok is usually a productive one for the Merseysiders, but Skrtel admits that in the context of this season, this particular trip to Bolton looks that bit more difficult.
“A team like Liverpool has to be all about winning and I hope that we will carry it on from Blackburn on to the Bolton game,” he told the Liverpool Echo. He also had a positive note for the future: “I think our performances will get better and better now,” he said.