Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Tuesday February 26 2013
Goalkeeper Pepe Reina has given a ringing endorsement of Reds manager Brendan Rodgers and suggested greatness is within reach of the current side...
Liverpool's current Number One Pepe Reina has stated his happiness with life on Merseyside under boss Brendan Rodgers.
Although both club and player have endured inconsistent form and fortune so far this season, Reina is convinced the new manager's approach and footballing philosophies can bring the glory days back to the Reds.
Speaking to LFC TV, the Spaniard also stated his belief that the club's players are getting better all the time under the ex-Swansea City manager.
"It's about learning and he's certainly making sure we learn every day in training about ways to win," said the 30-year-old keeper.
"That's important because at the end of the day, what you want to do is win. If you play good football, you'll definitely be closer to winning more games.
"That's where we are and my relationship with the manager is very good.
"If the players follow the philosophy, we'll definitely become a great side - a difficult and strong side to beat and a competitive one."
In addition to being out of all cup competitions already this season, Liverpool lie a disappointing 8th in the Premier League standings at the time of writing.
However, the combination of a youthful squad and clear signs of Rodgers' style of play evolving, allows many fans to share Reina's belief of brighter days ahead.
One of the most noticeable facets of the new tactical approach is Rodgers' desire to build from the back with both the defenders and keeper required to be comfortable in possession and pass the ball out of defence.
Commenting on this approach, Reina added: "There is no doubt that I am more involved with my feet than before, but so is the whole team.
"The amount of passes in every game is higher and higher compared to last season. It's a different style and I am happy with it."
News of Reina's happiness suggests recent reports of his imminent departure may not be as conclusive as they had seemed. The ex-Barcelona shot stopper arrived on Merseyside back in 2005 and, after an indifferent first season, soon established himself as one of the best in the business and a key personality both on and off the field. Recent years have been more testing form-wise but that could be said of the club as a whole and we still firmly believe Reina can recapture his best form and remain between the Anfield sticks for many years to come.
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Date:Tuesday February 26 2013
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