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Reina happy with Rodgers' management

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has brushed off speculation that he is frustrated with life at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers, saying the two "have a lot of ideas in common".

The 30-year-old Spain international has been linked with a move away from Liverpool, with speculation suggesting he could be bound for Barcelona in the summer.

But he said he was happy at the club despite questions raised by recent erratic spells of form, telling LFC TV: "I have a great relationship with him [Rodgers].

"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."

He said the Liverpool boss was "making sure we learn every day in training about ways to win".

And he added: "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.''

Reina said that meant getting used to a very different way of playing to that employed by Kenny Dalglish last season, explaining: "The amount of passes in every game is higher and higher compared to last season. It's a different style, and I am happy with it.''

Liverpool are ten points behind fourth-placed Chelsea - being temporarily managed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez - but midfielder Jordan Henderson has said they will keep fighting for a Champions League place.

"We've got 11 games left, and want to succeed in those games," he told Liverpool's official website. "We've done well of late - I think we've been playing some good stuff - and we're still improving.

"[To qualify for the Champions League] would be a massive achievement. We'll give it our best shot. We still believe we can do it."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report


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