Reina targets Carling Cup success to end Liverpool’s trophy drought

Pepe Reina is relishing the chance to win his first silverware since 2006 by beating Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final on Sunday

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Pepe Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005 Photo: Standard Chartered

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Pepe Reina has admitted his disappointment at Liverpool’s lack of success in recent seasons – but the Spanish goalkeeper is relishing the prospect of helping his side win the Carling Cup on Sunday.

Reina moved from Villarreal to Liverpool in July 2005, and the former Barcelona goalkeeper played a starring role in the Reds’ FA Cup final victory over West Ham United, saving three penalties in the shoot-out.

But the Anfield outfit have not won any silverware since, losing to AC Milan in the Champions League final in 2007 and narrowly missing out on a first Premier League title two seasons later.

The 29-year-old is delighted that Liverpool are competing for trophies again, starting with Sunday’s Carling Cup showdown against Cardiff City at Wembley.

“It has been a while,” Reina told Liverpool’s website. “We all would have been happier seeing the team play in more cup finals, but that’s the way it goes.

“After so much time, we are really excited by the final. It’s going to be huge for every single person that supports Liverpool.

“This is why you sign for Liverpool; the club is here to do that try and win trophies. Not long ago, we were a club reaching finals and fighting for titles.

“That wasn’t the way for a while but now it’s what we are trying to achieve again. I think we are going the right way.”

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