Pepe Reina has appealed to Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard to stay at Liverpool. Reina, who was on the bench as Spain surprisingly lost to Switzerland in Durban on Wednesday, said: "Of course there is concern about Fernando and Stevie. Any team would count on them as big names, and for us it's the same. Without them, it will be really tough to be up there at the top. So fingers crossed.
"Once we sort the situation out with the manager and the owners, which we hope is soon, hopefully we can focus on building a squad for the future."
It already looks as if Yossi Benayoun is set to leave Anfield, for Chelsea, and Reina added: "It is not just Stevie and Fernando, there are others too. We are all involved in this ship and we want to be a lot stronger and more consistent. We want to build a proper squad to be contenders for the title again."
Of his former manager Rafael Benitez, Reina said: "It's been two weeks since he left. It's one of those things. Football is football and I always say the same thing – Liverpool will remain forever, which is the most important thing."
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