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Rodgers plays down Reina rumours; Spurs unlikely to pursue Moutinho

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted that there is no rift between him and goalkeeper Pepe Reina, Sky Sports understands.

Reina has started the 2012-13 campaign on poor form, making catastrophic goalkeeping errors against Arsenal, Hearts and Manchester City in the first month of the season.

According to ESPN Soccernet, Reina’s lack of form has led to speculation suggesting that Rodgers may be considering a move for Swansea City keeper Michel Vorm.

With that said, Reina’s agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, has revealed that the Spain international is fully committed to Liverpool, while Rodgers called the shot-stopper a ‘key member of the squad’.

“There is no problem right now,” Quilon told Calciomercato. “Pepe has played many games in the Liverpool shirt and is used to all kinds of rumours.

“It is clear he is not having an easy time because the team has not started the season well and liability is falling on him.

“But this will end when he returns to form. He still has four years to run on his contract and rumours of leaving Liverpool are just that – rumours.”

Sunderland v Liverpool: Saturday, 15 September 2012

Liverpool, who happen to be in the bottom-three at the moment, will travel to the Stadium of Light in search of their first league win of the 2012-13 English Premier League season on Saturday.

The Black Cats have won none of their last ten league fixtures (0-7-3), while Liverpool have notched just four victories in their last 18 league games (4-1-11).

Lastly, the Reds, with Pepe Reina in between the sticks, have kept just two clean sheets in their last 17 Premier League outings.

Spurs unlikely to pursue Moutinho

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that it is ‘highly unlikely’ the north London club will try to sign FC Porto standout Joao Moutinho in the January transfer window, Sky Sports reports.

Since arriving at White Hart Lane, the former FC Porto boss has sold the club’s two most innovative midfielder players, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart, while replacing them with the likes of Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurðsson.

Tottenham Hotspur will travel to the Madejski Stadium to take on Premier League new boys Reading at the weekend, with both the Royals and Spurs currently win-less in league play.

“We want to put things right in our next game against Reading with attacking football & good passing,” said Villas-Boas. “It’s important that the market is closed and the players are back from international duty.

“We have world class players that we’re looking to fine-tune. We saw last season that promoted teams can surprise. It’s early days for them, but their performances have been there.”

AVB has tallied just three wins in his last 15 Premier League games in charge of Chelsea and Tottenham. Can he make it four out of 16 on Sunday? We shall see.

Fri 14 September, 2012
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