Reina to follow legend’s footsteps

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Goalkeeper Pepe Reina has set his sights on helping Liverpool return to European competition this season and reveals the club are already focusing on winning the title.

Reina committed his future to Liverpool earlier this summer, stating the club's progression under manager Kenny Dalglish, who was appointed permanent manager in May, gave him reason to believe the club could be successful in the future.

The club may be without European football this season but the stopper believes that will work in The Reds' favour and help the club get back to their glory days.

"It's difficult because we have been some distance from those aspirations for a long time," Reina said.

"The priority is to return to the top four and keep improving. It's fundamental the team gets back into Europe, then next year makes the jump to challenge for the title.


"I have always been in the situation of playing in midweek so it's new for me. They say it can be an advantage [not playing in Europe] and I hope we can benefit from not having such a heavy schedule.”

Reina also praised new signings Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique, who all played on Saturday against Sunderland, for how they've quickly gelled with the rest of the side.

"I think the new signings have the advantage of having played many years in this league, that always makes things easier,” Reina said.

"This club has a big history and we have to follow those legends."

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