Liverpool’s Pepe Reina: We still have plenty to motivate us

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina insists the Reds have no shortage of motivation despite a top-five finish looking increasingly unlikely

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

Pepe Reina insists Liverpool will still be motivated for their final Premier League games this season despite their chances of a top-five finish looking increasingly slim.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were unable to find a way past Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy on Saturday and were forced to settle for back-to-back stalemates in the English top flight.

The Reds are now eight points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur, who have played a game less, leaving the Merseyside outfit facing the prospect of a season without European football.

Despite the obvious disappointment, Reina says Liverpool are determined to finish the campaign in style and secure wins against rivals Chelsea and Everton.

“There are still 15 points to play for and it’s vitally important we finish the season well,” Reina said.

“We need to make sure that we are focused on the games we’ve got remaining and we need to end the season with a winning mentality. That will be important in terms of next season.

“There will be no shortage of motivation.

“Look at the games we’ve got left, Chelsea and Everton at home, Newcastle away – those kind of matches are a motivation for any player and even more so when you are wearing a Liverpool shirt.

“We need to get some wins. If that gets us into Europe then good but if not we need those wins for our own pride.

“Whenever you get the opportunity to play for this club you need to give 100% in every game and try to win them all.”

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