Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has urged the Liverpool board to allow new manager Brendan Rodgers to spend money in the summer to help get the Reds back into a top-four place again next season, while he also hopes they reject any transfer bids they receive for star player Luis Suarez.
Liverpool last finished in the top four back in the 2008/09 season where a remarkable effort saw them finish second and push United very close for the title.
However, since then, they haven’t even got anywhere close to this achievement and have been finishing nearer towards a mid-table position as opposed to a top-four one.
And although they are currently sitting in an ever-familiar position of seventh, recent good form has seen them fly up the table – something Reina has been quick to praise.
According to reports in several national newspapers, Reina said: "This year has been important for us in terms of getting to know what the manager wants and develop the ideas. Then we have to be ready for the very first game of next season to challenge.
"Obviously we will need some help from the board but I think the basis is well settled. We know the ideas and philosophies of the manager. It is getting better and better so hopefully we will be ready to compete."
Despite their blistering form, a top four finish is likely to be just out of their reach this season. There are just 10 league games left to fulfil and Liverpool fans will realistically look to push into the Europa League places with Arsenal and Merseyside rivals Everton firmly in their sights.
Liverpool’s form has mainly been down to the goal-scoring exploits of the excellent Luis Suarez, whose unstoppable form this season has seen him emerge as one of the overwhelming favourites for the PFA ‘Player of the Year’ and ‘Golden Boot’ awards. Such performances have reportedly made him the number one target for a host of European giants including Bayern Munich, who Suarez himself admitted he would certainly be interested in joining.
"Liverpool are very lucky to have Luis," Reina said. "Every day I am proud to say that I share a dressing room with such a big player. He is 100 per cent all the time. Obviously we will see what happens in the future. Everybody wants him to stay with the team.
"He can create the chances himself from nothing. He can be a killer in the box. But he can also provide assistance to the team and be involved all the time. He is not just a proper striker in the box. He looks to create but it is very important for any team to have that 25-plus goals-per-season striker."
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