Belfast Telegraph

Liverpool keeper Jose Reina isn’t firing blanks

Record-breaking goalkeeper Jose Reina insists concentrating on football — and producing performances for the full 90 minutes instead of 45 — will get Liverpool where they want to be.

The Spaniard, who has been outspoken in calling for investment in the squad, believes the players have to take care of matters on the pitch and let the board to make improvements off it.

A fourth successive Premier League victory at Anfield was achieved with relative ease against Aston Villa on Monday night, lifting the club up to eighth and six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

As they had done in their last home game, against West Ham, Liverpool produced their best play in the first-half with goals from David Ngog and Ryan Babel. The previous weekend they dominated before the interval at Tottenham only to lose in injury-time.

Reina, who has now reached 100 league clean sheets faster than any other Liverpool goalkeeper, believes consistency in both halves and also home and away will be the Reds' salvation and all talk of new arrivals and investment in the team must be put to one side.

“I am always talking about these things and I don't want to be saying the same things,” he said.

“We all expect Liverpool to be one of the top clubs and it is on the manager and the new owners to level up that. All we can do is play football and do as well as we can.

“We know anyone can beat anyone and it has happened so many times this season so we have to be consistent and fight to be as high as possible.

“We are 10 points adrift of the leaders (Arsenal) but it is just some space.

“We have to find ourselves playing with more confidence now and we must aim a bit higher.

“We are happy just because we have shown, especially in the first halves, better performances and the team has been more consistent and more focused from the first minute.

“That is something which the team lacked in the first 10 matches and now we have found ourselves better from the first minute we have to keep that.”

Reina has captained the side in the last two games, but is likely to relinquish the armband to a returning Steven Gerrard at managerless Newcastle on Saturday.

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