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Reina: I hope Suarez stays at Liverpool

The Spanish goalkeeper said that he would understand if Suarez departed Anfield but hopes that he stays put despite the ongoing saga at the club.

Controversial forward Luis Suarez may very well wind up departing Liverpool, but his club teammate and goalkeeper Pepe Reina hopes he remains at Anfield for the foreseeable future.

On the eve of Spain's friendly against Haiti in Miami, Roja shot-stopper Reina said that he hopes Suarez stays with the Reds despite rampant speculation and comments from the player himself that he wants out. Suarez, the club's leading scorer with 30 goals in all competitions before a ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic cut his season short, recently told Uruguayan radio that the English press has driven him to the point where he wants to play elsewhere.

"I haven't read Luis himself say he wants out of Liverpool to be honest," Reina said on a conference call with reporters. "He might say that the times they've been a little bit rough and the media has been having a bit of a go at him. In the past it's been difficult for him and his family.

"To be honest, I would like for Luis to stay at Liverpool, but I understand if he's thinking about leaving for a bigger -- when I say bigger I mean not as a club, just challenging for titles and playing in the Champions League and competing with the best. Because of the situation, because of the treatment by the media, it would be difficult for any player, not just Luis to stay strong and be happy.

"Hopefully he will stay at Liverpool many years, but I understand for him if the right offer comes for him and for the club for him to go."

Reports have linked Suarez, who scored for Uruguay in a win over France this past week, with a move to Real Madrid, among other places. Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who has dealt with media pressure of a different kind during his dip in form with the Blues, said that being painted a certain way by the media is not easy to handle but that Suarez was strong enough to get beyond that and keep playing for Liverpool.

"I never had a problem with the media, the media had a problem with me," Torres said. "That affects your family, your friends, it's not easy. I know Luis, he is strong enough to play football apart of all the rumors and all the talks. But it's not easy. Sometimes he might think it's just better to forget about that and move away, but it's his decision."

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