Liverpool should axe Pepe Reina for Luis Suarez comments

Pepe Reina has risked his Liverpool career through backing Luis Suarez to leave Anfield.

Reina has come out and said he understands why Suarez wants to leave Liverpool for another club, risking criticism from fans and possibly making his own position at the club untenable.

He may be the only Liverpool person who seemingly approves of a Suarez decision to turn his back on the club, because he remains one of the most important players for Brendan Rodgers if Liverpool are to move forward.

“To be honest, I would like for Luis to stay at Liverpool but I understand if he is thinking about leaving for a bigger club. When I say bigger I don’t mean as a club. I mean challenging for titles, playing in the Champions League,” he is reported as saying in the Metro.

It’s a remarkable outburst from Liverpool’s goalkeeper considering there have been some very good indications from reliable sources that Suarez is going to stay at Liverpool and fight to prove all of his critics wrong.

It may even be a subtle attempt by Reina to create friction between himself and Liverpool, considering he too has been linked with a big move away from Anfield this summer.

The rumours about a possible move to Barcelona for Reina haven’t completely gone away, which means if that move is attractive to him, he’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If that is the case then Liverpool would be better off getting rid of him because he’s proving to be problematic just for the sake of trying to improve his own personal position at the expense of Liverpool.

The comments are also very surprising considering you would expect the vast majority of Suarez’s Liverpool teammates to stay tight lipped over his future, not giving anything away.

That’s common and it’s based on loyalty to the club. The players don’t want to give the fans any reason to doubt the players who are the subject of the transfer rumours so they keep their mouths shut.

Reina also talks of his ‘situation’ at Liverpool before citing the media as a main reason for him wanting to leave.

His situation at the club is quite clear. He’s the primary striker and main attacking figure at the club, crucial to any chances Liverpool have of pushing in and becoming a top four club next season.

Normally when a player talks about a situation at a club, he’s playing on issues with a manager or the fact that a player may not be getting the first team appearances that he wants or expects.

Reina’s comments are poorly thought out and judged. Liverpool need Suarez to stay and they don’t need players adding to the pot of rumours.

What do you make of Reina’s comments? Is he in the wrong or do you think he’s got a point?

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