Liverpool players Dirk Kuyt and Pepe Reina ready to commit futures to Anfield.
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LIVERPOOL are ready to hand keeper Pepe Reina a £10,000-a-week pay rise to keep him out of the clutches of Manchester United.
And Dutch star Dirk Kuyt is poised to sign a new deal that will keep him at Anfield for the rest of his career.
It’s the clearest sign yet that caretaker boss Kenny Dalglish WILL be handed the role full-time by American owner John Henry, who is delighted with the Scot’s impact since he replaced Roy Hodgson.
Reina gave Kopites a major scare last week when he refused to rule out a summer move, confessing he is desperate for regular Champions League football. United, searching for a long-term successor for soon-to-retire Edwin van der Sar, head the queue of clubs in the running for one of Europe’s best keepers.
But the Spaniard’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon is to meet Liverpool’s top brass next month to discuss a pay rise that will see Reina pocket £110,000 a week.
That’s hugely reassuring for Kopites, who have already seen one hero-worshipped Spaniard – Fernando Torres – leave Anfield this year.
And the feelgood factor will be increased by the news Kuyt wants to finish his career on Merseyside.
The Dutchman, 30, said: “My contract has one more season to go after this but there are things happening.
“We have had some talks and I can only say it looks positive.
“I feel at home in Liverpool and I don’t want to leave here.
“It has been a difficult time for everyone at the club with the changes that have happened since last summer but now I can sense something good is happening – I think Liverpool are on the way back.”
SOURCE: The People
One can understand the desire to renew the contract of Dirk Kuyt.
The Dutch forward has certainly proven his worth to Liverpool with a series of hard-working performances, and his tendency to score goals in important games is a welcome one.
The fact that his deal has just a year to run after this season means that there is a matter of urgency when it comes to the former Feyenoord player’s future, and Kenny Dalglish will undoubtedly make it a priority.
However, as good a player as Pepe Reina is, rewarding him with a pay rise seems a tad pointless to me.
The Spanish goalkeeper’s contract currently expires in 2016, meaning that for once it ought to be the club that possesses the power.
Even if Reina were to hand in a transfer request, Liverpool could feel confident rejecting it and keeping their man.
Especially if a prospective transfer bid were to come from Old Trafford.
Rewarding with £10,000 extra per week for flirting with other clubs isn’t what Liverpool should do in my book, and if he is on £100,000 already he is surely one of the best paid goalkeepers in the world.