Anfield pair set for exit?
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Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina are ready to quit Liverpool in January thanks to secret escape clauses in their contracts.
The Spain internationals made the get-out agreements with their Anfield bosses in the summer when they were persuaded to stay despite the departure of Spanish boss Rafa Benitez.
Now Torres and Reina, key to Roy Hodgson’s attempts to steer the club away from the relegation zone, want out after promises of major team investment went unfulfilled.
Mirror Sport understands the pair will tell the club in December they wish to leave, with Manchester City keen on £50 million Torres and Manchester United and Arsenal pursuing £20m Reina.
The double whammy will devastate Liverpool fans who hoped John W Henry’s purchase of the club would bring the glory days back to Anfield.
Instead, the American has made it clear there will be no major spending in January, and with many players unhappy with the direction the club is taking under Hodgson, Torres and Reina are ready to make a move. (Daily Mirror)
If this report is accurate, and it may well not be, then Liverpool have a big problem on their hands. Losing two players of the calibre of Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina would be a crushing blow and if by January Roy Hodgson has not guided the club up the table then such sales could well occur.
Both players are key to the club’s ambitions and are two world class players the Merseyside club can ill afford to lose. The club’s new owners will have to do their best to prevent such an event occurring and perhaps the best way to do that would be to axe their current boss and attempt to start from a clean slate.
If the Spanish pair do leave, and it’s a big IF, I can’t see either moving to other Premier League clubs and moves back to La Liga seem far more likely.