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Reina insists Reds still alive in Europe by lfctalk
April 9, 2009, 08:51
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José Reina has accepted that Liverpool need to work on their defending from set pieces – but has asked fans not to blame zonal marking for last night’s demise.

“You are always disappointed when you concede, but especially from set-pieces,” Reina told Liverpoolfc.tv.

“It’s something we’ll have to work on.”

“It’s always the same when we concede goals from free-kicks – people start talking about man marking and zonal. But we’ve done it for five years and, although I don’t have the statistics, I know we’re one of the teams that concedes fewest from set pieces.”

The Spanish keeper admits that The Reds face a tough task, but insists that the dream of winning a sixth European Cup is not over.

“They were the better team and they deserved the victory,” he said. “We now have to improve on everything we did on the night and be ready for the second leg.”

“It’s going to be much tougher to win the trophy now – we have to go there and win 3-1 or 3-0. But we can go to any stadium and win.”

“Of course the 4-1 at Old Trafford gives us hope – it shows us what we can do at any stadium. We won like that at Old Trafford, why not at Stamford Bridge?”

“It has to be a perfect performance. We have to have a great day and they must have one of their worst.”

The focus will remain at Anfield, but will be shifted to the Premiership with Blackburn Rovers visiting on Saturday lunchtime.

“It’s another competition and we are very much alive in the title race. It’s an important game, and early kick-offs are never easy against a rested team, so we have to be ready.”

“It’s our job to be ready. Whenever we lose games we have to come in the next day and forget about what happened so we can try to move forward and improve.”

“We now have to prove to ourselves and our fans that we’re still there in the league.”

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