Rodgers dispels Reina exit rumours

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists that goalkeeper Pepe Reina will not be leaving the club despite interest from across Europe.

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By FOX Sports Staff

Reina has been linked with a move away from Liverpool after a dip in form this season with former side Barcelona frequently linked with a move for him to replace Victor Valdes, who is set to leave the Spanish side after this season.

However, Rodgers has quelled the rumours and claims that Reina will play an integral part in his long-term plans for Liverpool.

"He's never been unsettled and our relationship is very strong," Rodgers told the Guardian.

"I have given him and a few of the senior boys real responsibility and I think they have enjoyed that. I see him as someone who is going to be here [next season].

"I think a lot of the stuff this year has been based on speculation with [Victor] Valdés going, or possibly going, there have been links they [Barcelona] will be in for another keeper. His dad has said some things and whatever.

"Pepe and I speak a lot. He's a good man and I've got real respect for him as a player and as a human being," the Northern Irishman added.

"And on a personal level we'll sit and have a cup of tea in the office and we'll chat about where he's at with his game and how he can improve."

Rodgers also praised Reina for taking up a role in the dressing room as a senior player.

"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."

"He understands everything we are trying to do here and is a great voice in the little debriefing meetings we have with the group and with the defenders and other goalkeepers. He's brilliant.

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