Liverpool not strong enough to win the Premier League title says Jose Reina
12 September 2009 09:39
The Anfield-based side finished second last year and were hoping to go one better this season, ending their search for a first Premier League title. But after a mixed start to the campaign, including two defeats from their first four outings, Spain international Reina has raised doubts about the depth of the playing staff.
“We all want to win the league but right now it’s not a realistic objective,” he told The Guardian. “There isn’t frustration, there’s resignation. We know what’s in the squad; we can’t do anything about it. All we can do is roll our sleeves up, work hard and try to win matches.
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“Teams like Manchester United have lots of players who can tip the balance; we haven’t got the individuals. There are games that get congested and we haven’t got the vision other sides boast. There is a problem.”
Reina also suggested that it was the responsibility of the club’s American co-owner George Gillett and Tom Hicks to improve Liverpool’s chances by freeing up further funds.
“It would be good if the owners made an effort economically,” he added. “It would be lovely if we found ourselves in an economic position where we can bring in players and build a squad that can compete with other sides.
“But it’s up to the owners to try to bring players in, not us.”
Meanwhile, Anfield veteran Jamie Carragher has said the clock is ticking if he ever hopes to win the league with Liverpool.
The 31-year-old, who made his debut for the club in 1997 has admitted he fears not being around in the game long enough to fulfil a career-long ambition.
Not disputing the fact that Liverpool are capable of winning the league at some point in the future, Carragher said: “It is at the back of my mind, but Liverpool is about winning things now – that’s what we want – as well as in the future.
“Rafa can’t be thinking ' I have to win the league for Cara’, he’s doing it for the club, as well as building for future seasons.
“I’m sure we’ll get there in the end, whether it’s with me or without me. It’s important this club gets back to winning titles, but for Liverpool, not just me – even though on a personal level I would love to do it.
“I’ve been lucky enough with what I have won now, and really grateful for I, but obviously I want to win that Premier League. if not, the I still have won lots of trophies, but the main thing is seeing Liverpool winning titles.