Brendan Rodgers has told any potential suitors for Pepe Reina – said to include Arsenal and Barcelona – to forget about signing the Spain international, because he wants to keep the goalkeeper at Liverpool, according to the
Reina has been spoken of as a target for both the Gunners and the Catalans, with the former seeking a replacement for Wojciech Szczesny and the latter looking for a goalkeeper to succeed Victor Valdes, who has talked of leaving the club.
But Rodgers insists he views Reina as an essential part of his vision for the future of Liverpool, one of the club’s experienced players who can help guide the transition Rodgers is overseeing towards a new-look squad.
“I have given him and a few of the senior boys here a real responsibility and I think they have enjoyed that,” Rodgers said, adding: “I see him as someone who is hopefully going to be here.”
Reina began his career at Barcelona, and is a graduate of the club’s famed La Masia academy. He struggled to establish himself at the Camp Nou, however, and later joined Villarreal, initially on loan. Impressing with the Yellow Submarine, the move was made permanent, before in 2005 Rafael Benitez brought him to Anfield. Reina has gone on to play almost 400 games for the Reds.
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