Published On: Thu, Mar 7th, 2013

Reina believes Liverpool can compete

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina is adamant that the club can contest for a place in the top four next season, as long as they retain their star players such as Luis Suarez.

Reina also believes that Liverpool must invest more money into Brendan Rodgers’ side, in order to attract more talent.

The Spaniard revealed to the Guardian how highly he rates in-form striker Suarez: “I’m proud to share a dressing room with Luis Suarez”.

Although on the field Liverpool have made a massive improvement, off the pitch they are not doing as well. The clubs latest published accounts displayed a total loss of £40.5m for the 10-month period to 31 May 2012, as well an increase of £22m in net debt, from £65m to £87m in 2010-2011.

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However, Liverpool’s managing director, Ian Ayre, has reported that the finances will not force Rodgers to sell his top players this summer, in order to save money.

The news will relieve Rodgers as he will not have to sell striker Suarez, who has scored a total of 21 Premier League goals this season, which will not have gone un-noticed by Europe’s top clubs.

Reina, a player who has been linked with summer moves away from Anfield, insists the club must hold on to their elite players, as well as bringing in new faces, in order to be regarded as top European team once again.

When talking to the Guardian, Reina added: “This year has been important for us in terms of getting to know what the manager wants and develop the ideas. Then we have to be ready for the very first game of next season to challenge.

“Obviously we will need some help from the board but i think the basis is well settled. We know the ideas and philosophies of the manager. It is getting better and better so hopefully we will be ready to compete.”

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