Kenny Dalglish hopeful over Pepe Reina’s Liverpool future
Liverpool manager is optimistic over goalkeeper's Anfield future despite growing speculation
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is remaining upbeat over the future of goalkeeper Pepe Reina despite speculation linking the Spaniard with a move away from Anfield.
Reina, 28, has been linked with a summer transfer away from the Merseyside club, with Arsenal and Manchester United touted as possible destinations – but Dalglish has rebutted suggestions that the stopper is not happy at the club.
“I can’t speak for how he believes it is going. I can only tell you about how I personally, and the club as a whole, feels about him,” Dalglish told The Mirror.
“Whatever he feels about us going in the right direction or not is up to him, but he does not look too unhappy to me.”
“I have always believed he is one of the best in the Premier League, if not the best, and maybe even in [world] football.”
Meanwhile, Dalglish insists he is not thinking about his long-term future at Liverpool. The 60-year-old is yet to be offered a long-term contract by the club’s owners despite the remarkable impact he has had on the club’s fortunes following Roy Hodgson’s disastrous reign.
La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian sports daily, last week reported that current FC Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas had agreed to become Liverpool’s new manager in the summer.
But Dalglish insists he is unconcerned by the rumours and is concentrating on the immediate future of the club.
“There is the outstanding issue with myself, but that is the least important one,” said Dalglish. “Everything will be sorted out. I am perfectly relaxed about my position.
“It is not my decision about my future, but I am just happy to be here.”