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Liverpool goalkeeper plays down Barcelona link

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina insists he is happy at Liverpool amidst rumours linking him with a move back to Barcelona.

The 30-year-old left Barcelona in 2002 to join Villarreal before heading to Merseyside in 2005, where he has been a regular starter ever since.

A dip in form this season has prompted suggestions the Liverpool 'keeper could be on his way out of Anfield however, while Barca number one Victor Valdes' seemingly imminent departure from the Camp Nou has opened up the possibility of Reina returning home.

Despite the rumours Reina says he is happy at Liverpool and has no intention of leaving anytime soon.

"[A move to Barcelona] is not in my hands and the rumour mongering is part of that," said the Spaniard, speaking at the launch of the film Invictus, in which he stars.

“They're such a great club, but I'm happy at Liverpool"

The shotstopper wouldn't be drawn on speculation over the future of Valdes, who has signalled his intention to leave Barcelona at the end of the season when his contract expires having turned down the the offer of an extension.

"What I know, I know through the press. He's a friend, I'm going to respect him in everything that he decides. He will have his reasons. He's not told me anything."

Liverpool claimed their first major scalp of the season with a 3-2 win over Tottenham nine days ago, but couldn't follow it up on Saturday as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against Southampton.

Reina, who missed both games because of a calf injury, says he is grateful that the fans stick by the team regardless of results.

"Here, if things are going well or badly, if you give 100% the fans admire you, respect you and love you," he told El Mundo.

"It's important that a team is great, but even more that the fans keep believing in the players when things aren't going so well."

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