Football - Reina has "great relationship" with Rodgers

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina insists he is happy with the methods of manager Brendan Rodgers and the pair have a good relationship.

PA Sport

There has been speculation all season surrounding the Spain international's future at Anfield with Arsenal and Barcelona continually linked with the 30-year-old.

Rodgers has maintained throughout Reina is his first choice, even launching a staunch defence of the Spaniard when he was out injured for a month in October and questions about his form were raised.

The goalkeeper, now in his eighth season with the Reds, has in the last couple of years fallen short of the high standards he sets himself but stressed that was not due to the change in style Rodgers has introduced since replacing Kenny Dalglish last summer.

"I have a great relationship with him," said Reina. "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."

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