Liverpool's Reina could replace Valdes at Barcelona

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Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013, 15:27 [IST]
 
Barcelona linked with Pepe Reina

Liverpool, Mar 23: Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina dismissed talks of a rift with manager Brendan Rodgers after the Spaniard's future with the club was in doubt.

With rumours linking Reina with a return to Barcelona after Victor Valdes announced that he would be leaving the Camp Nou at the end of the season, Rodgers is doubtful about Reina's long-term future with Liverpool

But the Reds No. 1 denied any rumours and said he does not have any problems with Rodgers. Reina missed Liverpool's last two games and was benched during Spain's 1-1 draw against Finland on Friday.

"My relationship with the manager is very good,"Reina said. "I think we have got a lot of ideas in common. There is understanding about tactics, and the way we see football is quite similar. I'm very happy with our manager."

Reina has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Barcelona but the 30-year old stopper is likely to return to the Camp Nou at the end of the season. Liverpool are eyeing Wigan's Ali Al Habsi as Reina's long-term replacement.

Meanwhile, striker Luis Suarez has denied his exit rumours and claimed that his words were 'twisted'.

Suarez spoke to reporters prior to their World Cup qualifier against Paraguay and said that if there are offers from 'elite' clubs in the summer, "they are welcome".

However, Suarez, who has scored 22 league goals this season, has repeatedly said that he is happy in Liverpool despite not playing the Champions League. Suarez also signed a four-year contract extension in August.

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