Liverpool would already be down and out if it wasn't for Reina, says Hansen

19 November 2009 10:11
Alan Hansen believes Liverpool's nightmare season would be even worse if it was not for Pepe Reina.

The Reds are 11 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and on the brink of a Champions League exit but Kop legend Hansen reckons they can take some consolation from the form of goalkeeper Reina.

The BBC pundit, who won 23 medals in 14 years at Anfield, told The Sun: 'Pepe has been invaluable again this season and should now be seen as one of Liverpool's greatest keepers.

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'He's up there with Ray Clemence and it's probably just as well because, if we didn't have him, we could have been in serious trouble.

'Liverpool's back four have struggled but if your back four is struggling with a dodgy keeper behind them, then it's the end of the story.

'Pepe has been a tower of strength. Keepers like him are worth their weight in gold.

  'He has always been a good keeper but if he had a weakness when he first came to Liverpool, it was when the ball was in the air, coming across him quickly.

'Initially, he had one or two problems with those type of crosses but his judgment is now a lot better.

'In terms of every other quality you need as a keeper, Reina is at the top of the tree. He is reliable and makes great saves.'Liverpool host Manchester City on Saturday before a must-win European clash at Debrecen and the Merseyside derby.

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