Pepe Reina has hit out at claims Liverpool's squad are split over national lines.

The Spanish goalkeeper told the Sunday Times: "That is being said in a few newspapers that are lying. The dressing room has been absolutely together and quite strong in the bad moments."

On the players' relationship with manager Rafa Benitez, Reina admits: "To be a good manager you cannot be the friend of the players, because they have to respect you and know who is boss."