Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that Pepe Reina will consider his future with Liverpool in the summer if he feels the club has made insufficient progress under its new owners, New England Sports Ventures, by then. At the same time, he was at pains to stress that he would be a Liverpool player until the end of the 2010/11 season at least, and that he would not be asking for a transfer in the January transfer window.
“I’m happy at the club but every footballer wants to be competing for trophies and winning things,” he was quoted as saying. Such a statement must be seen as a warning considering Liverpool are trophyless since their 2006 F.A. Cup win in Reina’s first season at the club.
Since arriving at Anfield in July 2007, Lucas Leiva has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot and has often been at the centre of criticism regarding his ability in a Liverpool shirt. Following his sterling, efficient work as part of the team’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday, one of the quiet men of Merseyside claimed he felt he finally feels comfortable playing for a team of such stature.
“When you get more experience, you feel important and you want to do more,” he told The Guardian. “I’m really pleased with how I have played in the last few games.” He also said he hopes to reproduce the performance against Chelsea consistently: “As a player I am trying to be consistent.”
Hodgson warns against complacency.
Liverpool must dismiss any notions that their season has turned around if they are to reproduce performances of the stature of that which beat Chelsea on Sunday, warned Roy Hodgson in the Daily Telegraph,
Hodgson is keen that his Liverpool side maintain momentum to keep an unlikely push towards the top four going and believes that complacency is the enemy of their aims. “We have to be careful. We have to get our feet back on the ground very quickly after the Chelsea victory,” he said, warning that, “We are also capable of performances like the one against Blackpool where we were beaten 2-1.”