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Reina not one of Rodgers' let-downs

ESPN staff
October 12, 2012
Pepe Reina believes his attitude at Liverpool is above question © Getty Images

Pepe Reina is certain his name will not appear in one of the three 'let-down' envelopes held up by Brendan Rodgers at the start of Liverpool's season.

Friday night's episode of fly-on-the-wall documentary 'Being Liverpool' features Rodgers standing in front of the Liverpool squad at the start of the Premier League season and holding up three envelopes containing the names of players who will "let us down this year".

"When I arrived here, the first few days were analysing the group, the staff, the players," Rodgers said. "I think there's three players who will let us down this year-- the cause, the fight, everything. And I have written them down already.

"Now my point to you as players - and staff - is make sure you are not the one in the envelope, because you are so important.

"If we are going to achieve, to be the best we can, we need to be together. But I think there's three, maximum, who will let us down. Make sure you're not the one."

Rodgers' speech was a rendition of Sir Alex Ferguson's challenge to his Manchester United team in 1993 in a bid to keep them hungry following their first Premier League title. Ferguson later revealed the envelopes had been empty.

It is not known whether Rodgers has included the names of players in his envelopes, but Reina is confident his could not be among them in any case.

"Beyond the fact that you can make a mistake or two on the pitch, no one can ever put my name in an envelope because of a lack of attitude or commitment," Reina told the Liverpool Echo.

"It was designed to motivate, to make players determined not to be in that envelope, ensuring they are focused and 'plugged in' all season."

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