Pepe Reina needs to be careful about what he says if he wants to stay at Anfield.
Reina has criticised Liverpool suggesting they need to try and do more to close the gap on the club’s main rivals, which will give Liverpool a better chance of returning to their glory days.
“I think with the likes of City, United and Chelsea, they have a big edge over us at the moment, both financially and squad-wise. There's a reason they are so many points ahead of us, and it's not because of one or two better players. Right now we can't compete,” Reina told The Mirror.
His comments come just a day after he made an appalling mistake which cost Liverpool three points in their Premier League match away at Manchester City.
His comments are not likely to help his or the club’s current situation, simply increase the annoyance and frustration which will be felt by officials and fans.
Reina himself has been linked with a move away from the club this summer with Barcelona a possible destination, as he’s been tipped to replace Victor Valdes at the Nou Camp.
Whether these comments are part of an ulterior motive on the part of Reina to force a move away from Liverpool is doubtful, but there is little doubt that they are not helping.
He needs to be careful what he talks about and says because Brendan Rodgers is not the sort of manager who will play individuals in his team who aren’t fully committed to the ideology and philosophy that he is trying to develop.
In terms of the financial aspect, Liverpool are only behind their rivals because the club is trying to change its current business and wage model.
The new business model will take time to create big profits which can be spent on the best players because it’s aimed at breaking even and meeting impending Premier League cost control measures.
The wages model is also being changed with smaller salaries and more bonus incentives such as performance fees, clean sheet bonuses and goalscoring bonuses.
There will be several Liverpool fans with a simple message for Reina after reading his comments; if you don’t like it then get lost.
Liverpool fans, we’d love to hear your opinion on these comments.
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