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Reina in "Benitez warning"


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Slightly worrying, even if not cause for immediate panic


Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Manuel Reina has said that he may leave the club if manager Rafael Benitez decides to depart in the close season due to the ongoing boadroom upheavals at Anfield.


The Spaniard's future on Merseyside has been in question for large parts of this season following revelations that American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett had met with former Germany national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann in November to discuss replacing Benitez.


The first of those meetings reportedly took place in New York during a period when Liverpool were struggling to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions League, but it was Hicks's recent admission that chief executive Rick Parry was also in attendance at that first gathering that placed further question marks over the former Valencia manager's future at Anfield.


Spain internatioanl goalkeeper Reina joined the club from Villarreal in the summer of 2005 and under Benitez's stewardship has established himself as not only one of the Premier League's most consistent shot-stoppers, but also one of the Continents as well.


Reina suggested that although his contract was with Liverpool, he owed "a lot to Rafa because he was the one who trusted me, 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. I can't imagine being at Liverpool without Rafael Benitez."

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