Wednesday, February 06, 2013

We Can't Compete, Says Pepe Reina

Liverpool shot stopper Pepe Reina has admitted that they cannot compete in the Premier League title race Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea.

The Reds are currently 26 points adrift of Manchester United in the Premier League and although Rodgers side held a lead over reigning champions Manchester City before Sergio Aguero's equalizer, the Spaniard does not believe they can win the league in the near future.

Reina told Marca, "Right now we can't compete with the big guns. They have a big edge over us at the moment, both financially and squad-wise.

"There's a reason they are so many points ahead of us, and it's not because of one or two better players."

The Spain international has come under the spotlight personally this term, with his standards having slipped from previous seasons.

Reina admits this has been the most testing campaign for himself and the Reds since he moved to Anfield in July 2005, but defended his displays and insists the club need to be given time under Rodgers.

He added, "It's been a strange season for me because I've missed lots of games with injury.

"Some people say I've had a bad season, but honestly I think I only had three poor matches, at the beginning of the year.

"This has been the most unsettled season, both personally and as a team, since I joined the club.

"Liverpool is going through a transitional period, with new ideas and a different playing philosophy. That takes time. People have to be patient. It's normal for us to be erratic."

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