Liverpool’s Pepe Reina: We must improve our form at Anfield
Pepe Reina says Liverpool must improve their home form this season ahead of Manchester City's visit to Anfield
Pepe Reina has urged Liverpool to improve their home form ahead Manchester City’s visit to Anfield next Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers’ first league game in charge of the Reds ended in an emphatic 3-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
The former Swansea City boss replaced Kenny Dalglish in May after Liverpool managed just six victories in 19 games at Anfield last season, including defeats by the Baggies and Wigan Athletic.
The Reds face City and Arsenal at home in their next two games, before their bitter rivals Manchester United make the trip to Merseyside on 23 September.
“We don’t have the easiest run of fixtures coming up, but they are what they are. We have to face them and I’m sure for them it won’t be easy to come to Anfield,” Reina told Liverpool’s website.
“We have to make ourselves strong at home. This year we have to get better results at home.
“We are getting the ideas from the manager – and we still are – and this is just the beginning. We have to lift ourselves up now and stick together more than ever.
“It’s not normal [to lose]. But I don’t think we will see many games for Liverpool like we did on Saturday. There is nothing to worry about. This is just early days. It was a bad game, and it is as simple as that.”
Liverpool face Scottish Premier League outfit Hearts in the first leg of their Europa League play-off on Thursday, and Reina is confident the Reds will improve on their display at West Brom.
“Saturday’s defeat doesn’t really make us more determined to win against Hearts,” he added. “Every game is important. We’ll try to win every game.”