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Dalglish hails 'fantastic' Spanish stopper

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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has paid tribute to goalkeeper Pepe Reina ahead of his 150th consecutive league appearance for the club.

The Spanish stopper has been imperious since joining the club from Villarreal, and continues to be rated as one of the best stoppers in both the Barclays Premier League and Europe.

However, Dalglish believes the 28-year-old has proved himself to be the best in the world, and believes the former Barcelona player's level of quality sets a standard for the rest of the squad to match.

"It's fantastic for Pepe. It's great for him to make 150 consecutive appearances. He's our goalkeeper and it's important we have that continuity," the Scottish boss told the official Liverpool website.

"The quality of his performances have been fantastic. I'm sure it's a milestone that he will think about very fondly."


 

A start at Craven Cottage tonight against Fulham will move Reina up to seventh on the list of longest starting sequences at Liverpool, and is a fitting tribute to the player signed by Rafa Benitez.

One of the mainstays at Anfield, Reina has recently played down speculation linking him with a move away from Liverpool and Dalglish knows the importance of keeping the player at the club.

"He's a huge influence on us. Not only does he stop goals - he creates them as well," the manager continued.

"It's great for us to have him between the sticks, and for me - if he's not the best - then I would like to see the one that is better than him."

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