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Liverpool confident of holding on to Reina

Liverpool are confident that Kenny Dalglish's revitalisation of the club will be enough to persuade goalkeeper Pepe Reina to spurn interest from Manchester United and Arsenal and remain at Anfield this summer.

Reina only signed a new six-year contract at Liverpool 12 months ago but is thought to have been disappointed to see the club fail to strengthen heavily both last summer and in January, under Fenway Sports Group, when the arrivals of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez were tempered by the British record sale of Fernando Torres.

"What a player wants is to challenge for titles," he said in February. "We used to fight to be among the top teams and be in the Champions League, but in the last two years that has not been the case."

Privately, senior figures at Liverpool had grown increasingly resigned to losing Reina this summer, with a clause in the player's contract allowing him to leave should a bid of £20m be received.

But the player is now thought to be substantially closer to committing his future to the club after the remarkable turnaround in performances and morale under Dalglish, the scale of FSG's ambition and the training methods implemented by Dalglish and first-team coach Steve Clarke. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent