Reina keen on new Reds deal

02 November 2009 01:34
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has indicated he would be happy to sign a new deal at Anfield.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez revealed last week that he planned to offer the Spanish international a new long-term contract.

Reina has established himself as a key member of the Liverpool side since his arrival from Villarreal in the summer of 2005 and the 27-year-old insists he is happy to stay on Merseyside.

"My aim is to get a new contract in the future and I want to be here for many years. Apparently the club wants the same," Reina told the club's official website.

"It's already my fifth season here and that says it all, really. One of my daughters is a Scouser. I have some friends here and my wife and kids are happy. I have every reason to stay longer and of course I will.

"Titles are what we are all here for. As a Liverpool player, you have to have these ambitions. Trophies are the most important thing, and the most important one is probably the Premier League.

"Rafa Benitez is building something special here. He proved that when he came here - the club was one thing and now it's something totally different. We have grown up and we can still grow up a little bit more."

Rallying callMeanwhile, Reina is refusing to give up on the club's Premier League title ambitions despite another damaging defeat to Fulham on Saturday.

The Reds slipped to their sixth loss in seven games in all competitions at Craven Cottage to leave them nine points off leaders Chelsea.

Reina admits next week's Premier League game at home to Birmingham is must-win if they want to keep themselves in the hunt for the title and he has called on his team-mates to stick together.

"It's not even close to being over," added Reina

"We have to go game by game. Now we must focus on Lyon, which is massive, and after that Birmingham is a must-win game.

"We were a bit unlucky on Saturday. We didn't play as bad as at other times. It was not even close to our worst game.

"It's a tough moment but we have to stick together and try to sort things out on the pitch and in every single training session. We have pride in wearing this shirt and we have to defend it until the end.

"Any defeat hurts someone with ambition and someone who is hungry for titles. But it doesn't matter how many times you fall down - what matters is how many times you get up and keep trying to be the best.

"That's what we have to do now. We have to go back to our principles, sort out the problems we're having and go back to being the Liverpool everyone wants."

Source: SKY_Sports

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