"Everything that happens at a club can influence what happens in games," he said. "But as players we have to do our best to concentrate and play football.
"Everything else, the comments, the rumours, have to be set apart from the football but that can be difficult.
"We have shown that we can perform under pressure though. We have the spirit to do that and in the next few weeks we must continue to show it.
"The manager has maintained the calm despite all the bad reports because in the end his philosophy is all about hard work.
"He tells us the harder we work on the training ground the better we will be able to compete in games.
"Rafa supports the players totally. He has been successful at Liverpool and, for me, there can be no doubts about him."