Liverpool: Pepe Reina shows Luis Suarez how loyalty works in an open letter to the fans
LIVERPOOL’S Pepe Reina is now playing for Napoli. He is on loan in southern Italy. In an open letter to Liverpool fans he bemoans the club’s lack of loyalty to a proud servant of the club of eight years standing:
I am disappointed that I will not be part of that and although it was not my decision to leave I will accept it just like I have always accepted any decision that Liverpool have taken for me…
But if I have one regret, it is the way that I am leaving. It is only natural that I would be disappointed that the Liverpool management agreed to loan me to Napoli without telling me first, I thought that I deserved better than that…
I was surprised that Liverpool decided it was in the club´s interests to send me to Napoli instead.
On the way out he gives Brendan Rodgers a kick:
None of this will change my feelings for the club or the people in any way and now I have to look forward to a new challenge with Rafa Benitez, who I consider to be the best manager I have worked with…
Mindful of that, let’s see what Brendan Rodgers said about Luis Suarez wanting to leave the club:
“The support he has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled. In this period of time he’s missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. The people have stood by him, like a son and really looked after him.
“Whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind because it’s something you can never forget.”
Player are not bought for their loyalty. When the club has finished with them, they are sold or let go. If Suarez stops scoring he will see how a “son” can be disowned.
And, once more, here’s what Rodgers said of Reina:
On June 22, Rodger told one and all what the signing of Simon Mignolet meant for Pepe:
“Pepe Reina and I went out for a meal a couple of months before the end of the season and I told him exactly what we were going to do, which was to provide real competition in that area.”
With Reina now at Napoli, Rodgers now adds:
“It was obviously a difficult decision. From last season I was led to believe that we were going to get an offer for Pepe that would probably see him leave the club…
“It wouldn’t have served any purpose, both for the club and him personally, if he’d been the one missing out.”
What about the competition and loyalty, Brendan?