Pepe Reina calls for patience

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has pleaded with the club's fans to show patience following the Reds' stuttering start to the Premier League campaign.

The Spain international played an important role as the Merseysiders were held to a goalless draw at Birmingham City on Sunday and Reina believes it will take time before they prove themselves as a top-four force under new manager Roy Hodgson.

"We have to make sure that people don't think of winning the league or being in the top-four already at this moment," he said.

"It is going to take a while. We have got to get used to the new players and then the system. There are many good teams and our target is to be up there but we have to be realistic.

"Is a Champions League spot realistic this season? I don't know. We will find out at the end of the season what we can achieve.

"Of course, we have to challenge for being up there. Maybe it will take a while. No-one has patience nowadays. We are just asking for a little bit.

"We did not spend much money and in football to compete with the others sometimes it is important to do it."

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