Keeper Reina threatens to quit Reds if Rafa goes

April 22, 2008

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has admitted he would consider leaving the Reds if coach Rafael Benitez departs in the summer, describing life at the club without the Spaniard as unimaginable.

Benitez's future has been in doubt since it was revealed that meetings were held with former Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann with a view to him replacing Benitez at the end of the season.

The situation worsened recently when the Spanish coach discovered that Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry was involved in what he believed were meetings held behind his back.

Since his arrival on Merseyside in 2003 Benitez has brought a considerable contingent of Spanish talent to Anfield.

Reina arrived in 2005 from Villarreal and enjoyed a good start to life in England when he starred in that season's FA Cup final penalty shoot-out against West Ham.

And now he says while his allegiance is to Liverpool and not the coach, he would have to consider his options should Benitez go.

``I can't imagine being at Liverpool without Rafael Benitez.'' Reina told Eurosport.

``My contract is with Liverpool, not Rafa Benitez, but I owe a lot to Rafa because he was the one who trusted me at that moment, brought me to Liverpool and supported me, and of course the mutual affection is there. We will have to wait.

``Like I say, my contract is with Liverpool, but if the coach moves and there is the possibility of me joining him, if he coaches another team, of course I would think about that.''

Reina added that Benitez should remain at Anfield as he is building something big, proven by the fact that the club are fighting to play in their third Champions League final in four years.

``The Liverpool project is based upon the way of working of the coach,'' he said.

``Rafa is building something that is growing each year, and the results are there. We will have reached three finals in four years if we are lucky against Chelsea, which is very impressive.

``Every year we have a better team and are more competitive.

``With an idea and philosophy of the game he has tried to find the best players. It is a project for the medium or long term.''