Reina knows points make prizes

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Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina insists wins are far more important than clean sheets in the battle for a Barclays Premier League top four spot.

The Reds defence had been under-fire for a lack of blanks this season before the 2-0 victory against West Brom last weekend, with Kenny Dalglish's side moving up to sixth in the table, just one point off Chelsea in fourth.

Unbeaten in their last seven competitive fixtures, Reina recognises that the side have picked up momentum at a crucial time, and will be looking to build on the run further with victory against Swansea City this weekend.

"It's always nice when the team is defending well and we keep a clean sheet. But I just want to win matches and I'd take a 2-1 for us every time," said the stopper.

"After beating West Brom everyone is happy. The team is playing really well so we are confident. We know that if we are playing to our level not many teams will beat us so we have to keep that level up.

"We just want to keep the momentum going and keep playing the same as we are now."

The Spaniard was also happy to pass on praise to strike duo Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, who combined well in the victory at the Hawthorns.

Whilst the Uruguayan forward has hit the ground running on Merseyside, Carroll has taken longer to settle following his big-money move from Newcastle. But, Reina is in no doubt that the England international will quickly click through the gears after his goal against the Baggies.

"Both Luis and Andy had a really good game and there is a really good understanding between them. We have to keep it that way. It's all about being consistent now, keeping the same attitude and concentration in every game," he added.

"That's the reason the new players were brought in - to improve the squad. They have to produce and deliver for the team and they are doing really well.

"Let's see if they can keep that level and momentum."

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