Reina gives a Pep talk

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has told the Anfield faithful to ignore the upcoming fixtures with both Manchester teams, for now.

Kenny Dalglish takes his side into two separate Cup ties with both United and City, but Reina wants focus in the Reds squad.

The Kop favourite has urged caution as Liverpool travel to Bolton Wanderers first this weekend before the two more high profile clashes with the Barclays Premier League top two.

“It definitely won't be difficult to put those games to the back of our minds because the first game is Bolton and is therefore the most important of all three,” he told the club’s official website.

“After that, we know how huge it is to play a Carling Cup semi-final, second leg at home and everybody knows how big the tie against Manchester United is going to be.

“It is an important game at Bolton. It is vital for us, we have to get some momentum going and keep winning games. It's important not to lose - but it's even bigger to win the games and get three points after three points.”

The clash with the Barclays Premier League’s bottom side should be a straightforward task for Dalglish’s side, but problems scoring in the past couple of months mean it may not be the walkover it is expected to be.

This was evident in last week’s 0-0 draw with Stoke City at Anfield, where Liverpool’s attacking efforts were distinctly lacklustre.

They then have the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final with Manchester City, which they currently lead 1-0 after a tight victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Just four days later they host fierce rivals Manchester United in a fourth round FA Cup tie.

Reina is making sure his side are switched on this weekend, as a slip up against Bolton would seriously jeopardise their top four ambitions.

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