Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has confirmed his intention to stay at Anfield even after Rafa Benitez's departure from the club was confirmed on Thursday.
The 27-year-old has made more than 250 appearances for the Reds after joining the club from Villarreal five years ago. 12 months after Benitez was appointed Liverpool manager.
Reina recently signed a new long-term contract with the club and said after playing for Spain in a friendly international against South Korea:"It's a sad moment for Liverpool, for Rafa Benitez and for the players who have been with him.
"He was a very important person for the club for six years. Liverpool grew with him and Rafa also grew thanks to Liverpool.
"I hope that this crisis passes. That a person so important for the club as Rafa Benitez has left is news that you never would have expected and that you never would have believed.
"But this changes nothing. I still have a six-year contract with Liverpool."
Liverpool will now start their search for a new manager after parting company with the 50-year-old former Valencia coach, who still had four years remaining on his contract.
Benitez is thought to have agreed a £6million compensation package with the club after guiding them to a disappointing seventh-place finish in the season just ended.
Martin O'Neill, Roy Hodgson, Guus Hiddink and Kenny Dalglish have all been spoken about as possible successors to Benitez.