“Pepe is fantastic here; he is a lifeblood of this team. Everything he does around the club is excellent – he is always lively in the dressing room, he is always first class in training and he always wants to do more to improve. He is a player who we hold in the highest esteem. We have heard nothing from Manchester United and, more to the point; we don’t want to hear anything from Manchester United. If (Alex) Ferguson is looking around at the end of the season and he has got lots of money to replace van der Sar, he might very well want Pepe Reina because he is the best around. But we do not want to sell him. I would like to think that we are going to become a successful club once again and Pepe is crucial to that.”
This sort of bullish response is something Reds fans have wanted to hear for a long time. Many see Roy as having a small club mentality more befitting a club like Fulham rather than Liverpool FC. They feel that Roy has on many occasions played down the chances of a side who should be looking up rather than down, and who has tried to lower expectations of a club who should be challenging for honours in the not too distant future.
Roy has certainly added fuel to this narrative in the comments he has made in recent weeks. One of the most frequent examples used is his recent comments concerning Fernando Torres. Responding to speculation that Wayne Rooney was leaving Old Trafford and that Ferguson would try to poach the Spanish striker from Liverpool, Roy seemingly admitted that he would struggle to keep his biggest star if a club like United came calling.
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