Roy Hodgson salutes Pepe Reina as Liverpool FC keeper eyes century at Spurs

27 November 2010 08:00
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ROY HODGSON has paid tribute to goalkeeper Pepe Reina who is on the brink of breaking another Liverpool record against Tottenham tomorrow.

If the Spaniard keeps a clean sheet at White Hart Lane he will become the quickest man to a century of league shut-outs in the club's history.

Tomorrow will be Reina's 197th league appearance and he will comfortably beat the record held by Ray Clemence who reached a ton of clean sheets in his 217th game.

'We will do everything we can to help Pepe get it,' Hodgson said.

'Pepe has made some very important saves along the way. That record says something about Pepe and it also says something about the team's defensive record over the years which has been very good.

'Liverpool defended well under Rafa Benitez and were always a difficult team to beat. I'm sure Pepe would be the first to pay credit to that.

'If you are sloppy defensively it makes the task of winning that much more difficult.'

Hodgson has been linked with a number of players this week but insists the Reds' revival in recent weeks has led to him reassessing the strength of his squad ahead of the January transfer window.

Having picked up 13 points from their last six games, the manager doesn't believe a major overhaul is required and is prepared to keep faith with the current crop.

Source: Liverpool_Echo