Reina feels Reds progression

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has stated that his side have moved closer to getting back into contention for a top four finish, and that their summer signings have closed the gap on the Premier League title contenders.

The Fenway Sports Group bought the Merseyside outfit just over a year ago, and manager Kenny Dalglish has been backed with money to bring in the likes of Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson over the summer.

The busy transfer period, coupled with Dalglish’s approach have been beneficial according to the Spanish stopper.

“I hope (the signings) have helped close the gap,” Reina told Sky Sports.

“Our belief is about the quality of the team and the squad and the strength we have as a group of players and a club – that is all that matters.

“We have to work on a daily basis trying to improve and keep going to try to compete more often with people above us. It is still early days to talk about closing gaps but we will find out at the end of the season – hopefully the distance won’t be as big,” he stated.

After taking the lead against Manchester United at Anfield on Saturday through a Steven Gerrard free-kick, Reina states that his side were unhappy not to go on and take three points after the 1-1 draw.

“It is a positive thing to be disappointed after not beating Manchester United.

“We are clearly playing better and are winning games and that is key. I think we have had just one poor game – at Spurs – and over the season it has not been a bad balance at all.

“We are much happier than a year ago,” he concluded.

Liverpool currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League table, after winning four of their first eight games.

By Gareth McKnight