Liverpool FC manager dismisses claims star player set to leave

Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed reports linking goalkeeper Pepe Reina with a move away from the club insisting that they have a strong relationship.

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There have been widespread reports linking the Spaniard with a move to Barcelona, as the Catalan club look for a replacement for Victor Valdes.

However Rodgers has insisted that Reina will be going nowhere and that he is fully part of the clubs plans in the future.

“I think a lot of the stuff this year has just been based on the speculation that Valdes is going,” said the Liverpool manager.

“I am counting on him for next season, yes. He’s never been unsettled and our relationship is very strong.

“Pepe and I speak a lot. He’s a good man and I’ve real respect for him.”

Rodgers added: “I see him as someone who is going to be here. He is 30 years of age and is someone who looks after his body. The sports science team this year have worked really well with him.

“I think he’s been outstanding and had great focus and hopefully that will continue for us.”

Liverpool have back up goalkeeper Brad Jones should Reina leave for Spain, but the Aussie shot stopper is not as reliable as the Spaniard and it is an area Liverpool may look to strengthen in the summer.

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