Reina dearly wants Christmas cheer

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has stressed how important a strong showing over Christmas can be to a club’s season.


Reina feels that coming out of January with a series of positive results would stand Kenny Dalglish’s side in good stead in the race for a Champions League spot.


The Anfield favourite is hoping the next few weeks can produce success for the Reds and help them build on a positive but underwhelming start to the season.


“We know from experience how important December and January can be in terms of the title race and your position in the league, so we have to push now more than ever,” he told the club’s official website.


“Without meaning any disrespect to the teams we are playing in this period, I think all the games are winnable.


“Obviously, every team is tough to beat in this league but now we have to make sure we don't make any mistakes at home and that we take maximum points as often as we can.”


Liverpool go away to Wigan in their next Barclays Premier League fixture, before hosting strugglers Blackburn and a stumbling Newcastle United.


Maximum points from these next three games will be essential as they face a trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on league leaders Manchester City.


Dalglish will be hoping his side can improve their goal scoring record ahead of the meeting with Roberto Mancini’s side.


They have not been worrying about their defensive record, however, as just 13 goals conceded in 16 Barclays Premier League games is the most miserly record in the division.

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