Thursday, January 7, 2010

Torres hails Reina as world's best

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres believes that team-mate Pepe Reina is currently the world's best goalkeeper.

Reina has been in fine form for the Reds in what has so far been a difficult campaign for Rafa Benitez's side, and Torres feels that there is no finer keeper currently playing.

"Like always he's having a really good season. For me he's now the best keeper in the world," the forward told the Reds' official website.
"In Spain everyone knows he's a very good keeper and in England there is no doubt he is the best. He's played at a top level since he signed here and won many Golden Gloves - and hopefully he'll win one more this season.

"He's having a massive season and at [Aston] Villa we won the game thanks to him. We must be really happy to have him in the team and hopefully he'll be here for a long time."

But Reina doesn't just contribute on the pitch. Torres also rates him as one of the Anfield dressing-room's great characters, a man who lifts his team-mates.

He can also joke with Torres about the striker's past success when playing against him.

"Pepe is one of the most important players in the dressing-room," he added.

"After Stevie [Gerrard] and Carra [Jamie Carragehr], I think he's the most important. He's always happy round the place - not just on the pitch but in the dressing-room.

"When you see Pepe he is always happy and trying to be positive. He is a really good professional.

"I always scored against him when we played in Spain - he was one of my favourite keepers! We always talk and laugh about that. I don't know why I always score against him."

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