Liverpool’s Pepe Reina: I’ve turned the corner after a nightmare start

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina believes he has turned the corner in recent months after a disappointing start to the season

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

Pepe Reina believes he has turned the corner and found some of his best form after the Liverpool goalkeeper endured a poor start to the season.

The 30-year-old was guilty of making a number of high-profile errors earlier in the campaign, prompting talk of Brendan Rodgers selling the Spain international in the summer.

However, Reina has bounced back with five clean sheets in his last eight games in all competitions, taking his Premier League tally to 11 for the season, just behind Petr Cech and Joe Hart.

But the former Villarreal shot-stopper, who has been linked with a return to Barcelona in recent months, insists there is still more room for improvement.

“I’m happy but there should be more,” he told Liverpool’s website.

“It’s not about keeping clean sheets, it’s about finding the right balance between attack and defence. Because of our position in the league, we haven’t found it quite yet.

“I’m happy because we’ve already kept more clean sheets than last season but there’s still plenty of room to improve it.

“As I said a few months back, there have been a few ups and downs. The start of the season was a bit rough to me; since November/December, I have probably turned the corner and picked the form up again.

“Hopefully it will stay for long. As I always do, I do my best and work hard on a daily basis. I looked after myself a little bit better in the last few months and tried to be as fit as possible.”

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