Reina praises squad effort
Jose Reina believes a 3-0 win over Aston Villa proved Liverpool are more than a three-man team.
Last Updated: 07/12/10 7:48am
Goalkeeper Jose Reina believes that a comfortable 3-0 victory over Aston Villa proved that Liverpool are more than just a three-man team.
The Spanish shot-stopper kept his 100th clean sheet for the Reds in 198 league matches to break the previous record held by Ray Clemence, who took 217 games, and ensure Villa boss Gerard Houllier endured a miserable return to Anfield.
Reina's shut-out, plus goals from David Ngog, Ryan Babel and Maxi Rodriguez, helped Liverpool move into eighth position in the Premier League, their highest placing of the season.
And the victory was all the more impressive due to the fact that captain Steven Gerrard and vice-skipper Jamie Carragher were missing through injury, while Fernando Torres did not play because his wife had gone into labour before kick-off.
Reina told Sky Sports HD1: "We have a big squad, there are not only three in the team. We have 24 men and we are all here to deliver."
The goalkeeper added on his century of clean sheets: "Thanks to the boys because it's up to them."
Liverpool moved to within 10 points of league leaders Arsenal on the back of the easy win, but Ngog admitted there was extra expectation on his shoulders in the absence of Torres.
"I have to take my responsibility when the coach gives me my chance and I did it today," he said.
"I hadn't scored for a while so it's good for the team."