Riera reveals Rafa support
Reds winger hails compatriots as history boys
By Ben Collins. Last Updated: February 4, 2010 10:02am
Riera (r): Spanish support
Albert Riera insists that Liverpool's Spanish contingent are determined to stick with Rafa Benitez and make history at Anfield.
Benitez made Riera his most recent signing from his homeland, joining the likes of goalkeeper Pepe Reina and star striker Fernando Torres on Merseyside in the summer of 2008.
And despite the club's problems this season, the former Espanyol winger is adamant he and his compatriots are committed to leading the club back to former glories.
Benitez led Liverpool to their fifth European title in 2005 but all they have won since is the 2006 FA Cup.
The Reds soon fell out of Premier League title contention this season and have since suffered early exits in the Champions League, the FA Cup and Carling Cup.
They are now battling it out to finish fourth and ensure they qualify for next season's Champions League, and Riera is confident Liverpool's Spanish players will stay put regardless of where they finish.
"It isn't in the character of any of us to turn our backs and run somewhere else when times are tough," said Riera.
"All of us would like to look back on our Liverpool career and say it was a success.
"It is clear how happy Pepe and Fernando are at the club and I have no doubt they will both be here for a very long time no matter what happens.
"They have both said to me that they want to make history with Liverpool and I share that ambition.
"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."