Anfield keeper hits the nail on the head, repeatedly.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina feels winning the Premier League title is “not a realistic objective” for his side this season.
The Reds finished second last term but their hopes of a first league title since 1989/90 have been hit by two defeats in their opening four games.
Reina told The Guardian: “There isn’t frustration, there is resignation.
“Maybe it’s time to get realistic and not think about the title but just about winning the next game.”
Liverpool sold midfielder Xabi Alonso during the summer and, despite them spending around £38m to bring in Glen Johnson from Portsmouth and Alberto Aquilani from Roma, question marks remain over the depth of manager Rafael Benitez’s squad.
Teams like Manchester United have lots of players who can tip the balance; we haven’t got the individuals
Reina feels his side lacks the quality that is needed, adding: “We know what’s in the squad; we can’t do anything about it. All we can do is roll our sleeves up, work hard and try to win matches.
“Teams like Manchester United have lots of players who can tip the balance; we haven’t got the individuals.
“There are games that get congested and we haven’t got the vision other sides boast. Chelsea have Didier Drogba, who can bring down any ball – a useful option we haven’t got.”
The 27-year-old Spanish goalkeeper, whose only silverware with the Reds since making a £6m move from Villarreal in 2005 is the 2006 FA Cup, called upon the club’s American co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks to improve Liverpool’s chances by giving Benitez more money to spend.
“It would be good if the owners made an effort economically, if they pushed.” Reina said.
“It would be lovely if we found ourselves in an economic position where we can bring in players and build a squad that can compete with other sides.
“But it’s up to the owners to try to bring players in, not us.”
Reina feels that Liverpool’s title hopes are not over yet but admits they are struggling to live up to their pre-season billing as one of the main challengers.
“Can we win the league? I think so but there are other teams that are very capable of winning it – Chelsea, United, Arsenal, Manchester City.
“We can’t set ourselves objectives. We all want to win the league but right now it is not a realistic objective.” (BBC Sport)
This is a surprisingly frank and honest interview given by Pepe Reina and I think he has it spot on. He questions the owners and their inability to ‘make an effort economically’ and he is being pretty diplomatic in his language but read between the lines and deeper into the other points he has raised and he’s 100% correct. We lack strength in depth and perhaps another impact player.
Far be it from me to bring my fellow fans down after yesterday’s positive performance against Burnley but I think it is worth taking into account the very intelligent points raised by our keeper and it does make you wonder if his fellow players feel the same way and whether such opinion can help rid us of the American pair?