Pepe Reina has denied reports that there is a rift between him and manager Brendan Rodgers, insisting he has a good relationship with the Liverpool manager.
Questions regarding Reina’s future at Anfield have arisen this season, particularly following the news that Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will not renew his contract at the Nou Camp in 2014. Valdes’s announcement sparked speculation that Reina’s days at Liverpool were numbered, with the role of Barcelona’s number one custodian awaiting for him.
However, Reina has reiterated his desire to remain at Anfield in past weeks, and has since paid tribute to his healthy working relationship with Brendan Rodgers, who defended the shot stopper throughout the season when questions were raised regarding his form. Reina believes the northern Irish manager’s philosophy will reap great rewards sooner rather than later, something Reina wants to be a part of.
"I have a great relationship with him," Reina told the club’s official website. "We have a lot of ideas in common and the way we see football is quite similar.
"Our understanding about tactics and feeling for football is very similar. I'm very happy with our manager.
"It's about learning and he's certainly making sure we learn every day in training about ways to win. 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."