The Spanish goalkeeper has insisted that the new Reds owners NESV must back up their ambitious plans with top signings in a bid to improve their current form.
Reina has been at the centre of transfer speculation and has been strongly linked with Arsenal as Liverpool languish in ninth spot in the Prem. They have a tough task on their hands to reach the much sought after top 4 currently sitting nine points behind leaders Chelsea.
“We have to finish this season in a better position than we are at the moment and make sure we build for the next years and try to be competitive. If not, it’s going to be difficult for them to keep these kind of players.”
“We have to be sure that we deliver better performances otherwise it’s going to be really, really, really difficult (to finish in the top four).”
Liverpool have been linked with a host of transfer options and the possibility of bringing in a new striker come January would be a top priority. Fernando Llorente is highly tipped as perfect partner for Torres and manager Roy Hodgson has been closely linked to Wigan winger, Charles N’Zogbia.
“We are not probably as strong as Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham can be so that’s why we have to make sure we build a better squad.” Reina added.
“At the moment, it’s almost impossible to compete for nine months against Chelsea, for example, and that is what I want.”
“The clubs all around England are building proper squads. We have to do the same and we have to be able to compete.”
Liverpool will face an improving Tottenham side on Sunday on the back of their 3-0 win in Europe against Werden Bremen. Having also beaten Arsenal last week, it may be hard to envisage Liverpool beginning to imrpvoe their woeful away form come Sunday.
“We are not playing well enough, especially away from home, and we have to make sure we improve this aspect otherwise we will be struggling,” Reina told ESPNSoccernet.
“It’s so difficult to go anywhere and beat teams but if we want to be up there at the end of the season, we have to.”
However, Reina defended under-fire boss Roy Hodgson, who has been berated by fans chanting the name of former player/manager Kenny Dalglish and criticised his style of management.
“Ideas in football are relatively important but what makes a system work are the players,” said the 28-year-old.
“We are the ones who have to show a bit more on the pitch. Rafa was really beloved in Liverpool but I think it’s about time that the fans get behind Roy 100%. I don’t think it is heavy criticism out there anyway.”
Reina will head to White Hart Lane with the possibility of breaking a club record. By keeping a clean sheet, he will break Ray Clemence’s record of 100 clean sheets in 217 outings. Reina could set the record at 100 in just 197 league appearances.
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