The Liverpool goalkeeper says he has a great relationship with the manager despite reports suggesting that the Spaniard could be on his way out of the club in the summer.Pepe Reina has praised the coaching of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and insists he is happy working with the Northern Irishman, despite speculation that he could be on his way out of Merseyside.
The 30-year-old shot-stopper has struggled in his eighth season at Anfield, suffering a dip in form that has coincided with rumors of his departure. Reina does not believe Rodgers’ methods have affected his form, though, and he has lauded the former Swansea manager’s tactics and approach to the game.
"I have a great relationship with him," Reina told LFC TV. "We have a lot of ideas in common and the way we see football is quite similar.
"Our understanding about tactics and feeling for football is very similar. I'm very happy with our manager.”
Reina was also full of admiration for the philosophy Rodgers is instilling, and believes the Reds, currently in eighth place in the league table, are capable of becoming great.
"It's about learning and he's certainly making sure we learn every day in training about ways to win,” Reina said. "That's important because at the end of the day, what you want to do is win.
"If you play good football, you'll definitely be closer to winning more games. That's where we are and my relationship with the manager is very good.
"If the players follow the philosophy we'll definitely become a great side - a difficult and strong side to beat and a competitive one."
Although Reina has always been adept at playing the ball out from the back, he still feels that the change to a more possession-based style of football has had an impact.
"There is no doubt that I am more involved with my feet than before, but so is the whole team," Reina said. "The amount of passes in every game is higher and higher compared to last season. It's a different style and I am happy with it."