PEPE REINA believes Brendan Rodgers’ Anfield evolution is being built from back to front – as the Liverpool goalkeeper eyed a late challenge for silverware this season.
Reina produced his best performance of the season last weekend with a string of impressive saves preserving a clean sheet in the 4-0 romp at Wigan Athletic.
It was the Spaniard’s ninth top-flight shutout of the campaign and kept him in with a shout of winning the coveted Premier League Golden Glove award.
With 10 games remaining, Manchester City’s Joe Hart currently leads the way with 13 with Chelsea’s Petr Cech in second place with 10.
Reina’s figures are made more impressive by the fact the Spaniard has missed five league games this season through injury.
Only City have kept more Premier League clean sheets this season than Liverpool, and the goalkeeper has highlighted how a strong defence is proving the foundation of the Anfield outfit’s improved form.
“I don’t know about that (the award) but I do know it is good to be in there, among the best,” said Reina.
“In terms of the defensive record, it is about the team. But the fundamental for any proper team is to build from the back. We need to be competitive by defending and that is the principal objective.”
There has been evidence in recent weeks of Reina returning to top form after an unsettled period earlier in the campaign.
And the Spaniard said: “It is always going to be like that. You always have to give your best. Some days you will be better than others.
“Against Wigan we kept going as a team. We settled ourselves with the early goal, we were very clinical with the chances we had and then in the second half we defended the lead well.