The Spanish revolution seems to be slowly coming to an end at Liverpool. When Rafa Benitez took over at Liverpool he bought in his own Spanish backroom staff and decided to bring in some Spanish players. We could it the “Rafa-lution” at that time, but now that all seems to be coming to an end as we look forward to the new Dalglish lead era.
First it was Arbeloa and Alonso who left Liverpool. Riera then left Liverpool as the Spanish numbers continued to dwindle coupled with Rafa himself being shown the door at Liverpool. And now most recently Fernando Torres has left for Chelsea. That leaves Pepe Reina as the only high profile Spanish player at the club.
There has been a lot of speculation around the future of Reina as it has been suggested he may leave Liverpool and seek success at another club. But credit to Pepe he has always come out and said that he remains loyal to Liverpool and will fight on and work until the end of his contract. But then again Torres said the exact same thing and he ended up leaving.
So could the departure of Torres trigger Reina to decide to leave Liverpool and go somewhere else? I certainly hope not as he is arguably the finest goalkeeper in the game today and it would be a big loss to Liverpool if we lost him. A much bigger loss than losing Torres in my opinion. What I have found interesting is that Reina has not yet come out in the public and commented about the departure of Torres. It will be interesting to find out what he has to say about all this.
It must feel strange for Reina, once upon a time he was surrounded by all his Spanish mates and now he is all there alone. It is situations like that, that could easily force a player to leave a club but I believe Pepe is bigger than that and the lack of Spanish players in the dressing room will not affect him. Please do not go Pepe!