Liverpool's Spanish armada won't sail off with Benitez, insists Albert Riera

03 February 2010 03:29
Mersey paradise: Riera loves life at Liverpool

Albert Riera insists Liverpool's Spanish stars will not jump ship if Rafa Benitez walks out of Anfield.

Spaniard Benitez has been strongly linked with a move to Juventus following a disappointing season.

With the Reds 14 points off the pace in the Premier League, the Europa League offers the only real chance of success.

But Riera is adamant his countrymen are determined to put things right.

He said: 'It isn't in the character of any of us to turn our backs and run somewhere else when times are tough. All of us would like to look back on our Liverpool career and say it was a success.

'I think exactly like them. It is clear how happy Pepe (Reina) and Fernando (Torres) areat the club and I have no doubt they will both be here for a very longtime no matter what happens.

'They have both said to me that they want to make history withLiverpool and I share that ambition. I understand I haven't enjoyedquite as big an impact on the club as them (Torres and Reina) so farbut I intend to.'

Rumours: There has been talk of Benitez leaving for Italy but, according to Riera, Torres (left) is in it for the long haul at Anfield

Winger Riera recently returned from injury and has helped his side to a six-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.

And as speculation continues over Benitez's future, 27-year-old Rieira reckons leaving Merseyside for Serie A would be a mistake.

  He added in LFC Weekly: 'For me, if the club offered a five, six or seven-year contract right now, I'd sign it with my eyes closed.

'Where else is there to go? Being anywhere else would be a step down. I have everything I need in Liverpool.'

Meanwhile, reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid have been keeping in touch with Benitez to discuss his possible future availability.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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