PEPE REINA has reaffirmed his commitment to Liverpool and is excited about the ambitious plans of owners Fenway Sports Group.
The Spanish keeper’s future has been the subject of speculation with Arsenal among a number of clubs keen to prise him away from Anfield this summer.
However, Reina insists he’s not considering a move and is focused on being part of a successful Reds side.
“I’m happy, calm and comfortable here,” he said.
“I will continue working so we can win more games.
“I’m looking towards the future which I reckon will bring a lot of happiness and hopefully the new project with the new American owners will be a convincing one – attractive and ambitious above all. It’s my understanding that we will be bringing in some important players, continuing to grow and hopefully in one or two years we will be in the place that Liverpool deserves to be, which is fighting for titles.”
Reina rubbished reports he could be tempted to make the switch to rivals Manchester United.
“I am not going to Manchester, that is not my intention,” he said.
“I imagine they’ve been monitoring and following many keepers.”
The 28-year-old, who was signed from Villarreal by Rafa Benitez for £6million in 2005, is enjoying life in a resurgent Reds side under the guidance of manager Kenny Dalglish.
“Benitez is the person who brought me here, but this does not mean that I am uncomfortable with Dalglish,” Reina added.
“On the contrary, I think he is the ideal manager for Liverpool at the moment.
“The team is playing better and better, and we will see if we can keep this level in the matches we have left so we can earn that fifth position in order to play in Europe next year.”
Meanwhile, Glen Johnson is on the comeback trail after the hamstring injury he suffered against West Brom nearly a month ago.
The England international has resumed training and hopes to be in contention for Sunday’s home clash with Newcastle.
Fellow Reds full-back Fabio Aurelio, who limped off with a similar problem at Arsenal, is confident his season is not over.
The injury-plagued Brazilian is aiming to be fit for either the trip to Fulham on May 9 or the home clash with Spurs six days later.
“I’m optimistic I will be able to play again before the end of the season,” Aurelio said.
“It’s the same hamstring injury I had against Manchester United in March but in a slightly different place.
“It is very frustrating but the way I look at it is God is good all the time and I still have faith that things will turn around. That is why I keep fighting to get fit.”
In the absence of Johnson and himself, Aurelio has been impressed by the contribution of youngsters John Flanagan and Jack Robinson.
“I didn’t see the rest of the first half at Arsenal as I was inside being treated but I saw most of the second and Jack looked very confident,” he added. “He showed his ability, quality and personality. It was the same with John Flanagan.
“They are very young but they didn’t seem to feel the pressure at all.”