Pepe Reina Positive About Liverpool Management, Worried Over Reds’ Present, Future

Pepe Reina was linked to moves to rivals Manchester United and Arsenal in recent months, and while he has dismissed such, he does have qualms about Liverpool's future and, therefore, his future at Anfield.

According to ESPNSoccernet, Reina felt that both Roy Hodgson and the new NESV ownership were right for the job at Anfield.

"We were just talking for 20-25 minutes and discussing all the different things at the club," he said of the new owners. "I think it's positive. They will do good stuff for Liverpool in the future."

Many have been quick to blame Hodgson for the team's sluggish start to this year's campaign, but Liverpool's reigning player of the year was quick to dismiss such.

"Ideas in football are relatively important but what makes a system work are the players. We are the ones who have to show a bit more on the pitch.

"Rafa [Benitez] was really beloved in Liverpool," added Reina. "But I think it's about time that the fans get behind Roy and support Roy 100 percent. I don't think it is heavy criticism out there anyway."

Still, Reina believes that Liverpool have a lot to worry about — that the team is inferior to five Premier League squads and that finishes outside of the top four could lead to exits for superstars like Fernando Torres.

"We are not probably as strong as Man City, Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham," Reina suggested.

"We have to finish this season in a better position than we are at the moment [ninth] and make sure we build for the next years and try to be competitive," Reina said. "If not, it's going to be difficult for them to keep these kind of players."

As a remedy, the goalkeeper suggested that Liverpool must spend like Manchester City has to vault itself to title contention.

"I can understand it's going to be a medium, long-term project and you can probably build like [Roberto] Mancini, which is get out the cheque[book] and pay fortunes for players and wages," Reina said. "That is acceptable and you have to respect that but probably is not the best way to do things. I am not blaming Mancini. It's their way, if they win the league nobody will blame them, of course. But these guys, the new owners, are thinking more in the long term and building things little by little, which is understandable."

When asked about his own future at Anfield, Reina shrugged "don't know."

Liverpool face Tottenham on Sunday. A victory would likely vault them to a Europa League position, well within striking distance of the top four.

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