Liverpool's Pepe Reina is looking forward to renewing old rivalry with Chelsea, when both the sides lock horns this Sunday at Anfield.

The Spanish International, who has been a regular first-choice 

goalkeeper at Anfield since joining the Reds in 2005, stressed the magnitude of the game this weekend insisting that games against Chelsea are huge. 

The match on Sunday will also witness the return of Rafa Benitez to Anfield, who had earlier managed the Merseyside club from 2004 to 2010, before being sacked by the owners.

Chelsea currently sit third in the Premier League table, knowing that a win over the Reds would be a huge step forward in their bid to finish inside the top-four.

The hosts, though, will be desperate to close the gap on their neighbours Everton by collecting all three points and consequently give themselves a shot for Europa League places next season.

Ahead of the game, Reina told reporters: “It’s always nice because of the blue and red, it looks good to walk alongside them and be ready for that game.

“Also because of the rivalry between us and Chelsea lately, especially a few years back – we were almost playing three, four, five times every season against them. Every game was huge.

“It hasn’t changed a lot, to be honest, and it’s always special when you face Chelsea.”

Liverpool got their campaign off to a shaky start, but have recovered well since the turn of the year. And Reina who was earlier criticised for his poor job in goal has been in brilliant form of late and seems to have put to bed all talks of his exodus from Anfield this summer.

However, the Spaniard vowed to improve even further and feels his team needs to do the same if they are to challenge for top four places next term.

He finished by saying: “I’m happy because we’ve already kept more clean sheets than last season but there’s still plenty of room to improve it.

“As I said a few months back, there have been a few ups and downs. The start of the season was a bit rough to me; since November/December, I have probably turned the corner and picked the form up again.”


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