The Daily Telegraph reports that Pepe Reina will seriously consider leaving Liverpool in the summer if Kenny Dalglish is unable to lead them into the Champions League.
The former Villarreal goalkeeper has been consistently among the Premier League’s best, becoming synonymous with Liverpool in the process. However, with compatriots Xabi Alonso, Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres leaving the club over the last 18 months, it is thought that Reina would be more open to considering his future.
“I won’t lie – I want to play in the Champions League and to challenge for titles,” the ambitious Spaniard told Spanish radio. “I have a contract with Liverpool, which I renewed last year. But I would like to be challenging for titles and be in a team with a realistic chance of winning things.”
Henry promises title.
The Premier League title has long since been out of the question this season. However, that will not quell Liverpool owner John Henry’s ambition.
Henry’s Fenway Sports Group oversaw the Boston Red Sox end their 86-year wait for baseball’s World Series crown in 2004 and promises to have a similar effect on Liverpool.
“We want the best in football. Manchester United have eighteen titles, we have eighteen. If nothing else, that should be enough to drive us forward,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “It’s beginning to look like United have the edge this year, so we have our work cut out.
“Fenway Sports Group have a unique skill set for what we call in the US breaking curses.”
Kuyt backs Kenny.
If nothing else, it seems that Kenny Dalglish’s popularity within the Liverpool dressing room will be enough to persuade Fenway Sports Group to give the Liverpool legend the manager’s job on a permanent basis. Dirk Kuyt has added his name to the already long list of players to praise Dalglish in public following the Scotsman leading Liverpool to four successive victories.
When asked by Sky Sports about whether Dalglish should be appointed on a permanent basis, he replied: “I think you only have to look at the results and the mood of the players, and I have to agree with that. He is a legend, not only for the supporters but for the players.” Quoted in the Daily Mirror, he added: “It has worked out very well with him and (new first team coach) Steve Clark. And everything looks much better.”