Pepe Reina has become the first Liverpool player to fire a broadside at the clubs owners who pocketed around £14M in transfer fees this summer, stripping away assets from Rafa Benitez’ squad.
Reina has insisted that a title challenge is ‘unrealistic’ for the club at the moment – but clearly goes on to attack the lack of financial support from the club’s owners.
His comments suggest the Liverpool team are demoralised by this summer’s poor level of investment in the squad.
Speaking to The Guardian he said:
“We all want to win the league but right now it’s not a realistic objective.
“There isn’t frustration, there’s resignation. We know what’s in the squad; we can’t do anything about it. All we can do is roll our sleeves up, work hard and try to win matches.
“Teams like Manchester United have lots of players who can tip the balance; we haven’t got the individuals.
“There are games that get congested and we haven’t got the vision other sides boast. There is a problem.”
He then made a point of highlighting why the club do not have ‘the individuals’.
“It would be good if the owners made an effort economically.
“It would be lovely if we found ourselves in an economic position where we can bring in players and build a squad that can compete with other sides.
“But it’s up to the owners to try to bring players in, not us.”