Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has confirmed that he is ready to sign an extended contract at Anfield – and also insisted the club are still in the title race.
Reina moved to Anfield from Villarreal four years ago and is considered to be one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League.
But despite a run of form which has seen Liverpool lose six of their last seven games in all competitions, and slump to a fifth Premier League defeat of the season at Fulham on Saturday, Reina believes hopes of winning the Premier League title cannot be discounted.
Reaina said: “The title race is not even close to being over. We have to go game by game. Now we must focus on Lyon, which is massive, and after that Birmingham is a must-win game next Monday in the league.”
Talks on a new deal are expected to open soon and Reina added: “My aim is to get a new contract in the future and I want to be here for many years. Apparently the club wants the same. It’s already my fifth season here and that says it all, really. One of my daughters is a Scouser.
“I have some friends here and my wife and kids are happy. I have every reason to stay longer and of course I will.”
Reina also backed under-fire boss Rafael Benitez to turn things around: “Titles are what we are all here for. As a Liverpool player you have to have these ambitions. Trophies are the most important thing and the most important one is probably the Premier League.
“Rafa is building something special here. He proved that when he came here; the club was one thing and now it’s something totally different. We have grown up and we can still grow up a little bit more.”