Friday, April 24, 2009

Reina wants more tight Defence

Pepe Reina has urged his defensive team-mates to cut out the mistakes that have seen them concede 11 goals in their last four games, or risk handing the title to Manchester United.

Liverpool have certainly found it easier at the offensive end of the pitch in recent weeks, breaching their opponents’ rearguard on 27 occasions in their last eight matches – something that Reina is pleased about, but what he really wants is a clean sheet.

Following The Reds' 4-4 draw with Arsenal at Anfield on Tuesday, which some are calling the best game in Premier League history, Reina has spoken out.

He told Liverpool’s official website: “We have never had a run like this - conceding 11 goals in four games. We are scoring a lot of goals but we have to try and improve in defence.

“For me and our defenders it was tough because we made a lot of mistakes and conceded four goals. It’s always difficult when this happens.”

The Spain international now accepts that the title is looking less likely but insists that the Merseyside outfit will continue to work hard until the end, just like they did against The Gunners.

He said: “We showed great spirit until the end and never gave up. We knew it would be difficult for United to drop points in two games, and now it’s even harder because they have to lose those games. But we have to believe and keep going until the end.”

If Liverpool fail to win the league then their recent defensive lapses could be to blame, but Reina still thinks it has been a memorable season.

“This club has been many, many years without being in this position going into the last five games. To be involved at this stage is beautiful.”

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