JOSE REINA has warned Manchester United that Liverpool have the stomach for a fight following their heartbreaking exit from the Champions League.
The Reds cleared the decks for their final assault on the Premier League with a 4-4 draw at Chelsea that saw them concede the tie 7-5 on aggregate.
With their European campaign over, they can now focus all their attention on snatching United’s domestic crown.
Alex Ferguson’s side top the table by a single point with a game in hand and Reina insists Liverpool will stop at nothing to reel them in.
“We are positive on the Premiership. There are six games remaining and we must win them all,” said the Spanish keeper.
“Of course it’s in Man Utd’s hands and doesn’t just depend on us but I hope Man Utd will drop points.
“It seems like they’re not playing at their best but neither are we. We’ll have to see what happens.
“They are under a lot of pressure. They are leaders and are in a great situation. All we can do is try to win every game.
“We will never give up, we are Liverpool and that’s our character, it’s the way we are. We will fight until the very end.”
Far from being demoralised by the demise of their European dream, Reina believes Liverpool should take heart from their courageous display.
They appeared to be on the brink of producing the comeback to end all comebacks in the final 10 minutes, only for Frank Lampard to end their dramatic revival.
“We are very disappointed but we must be proud of ourselves. We gave it all but we couldn’t manage to turn them over,” Reina added.
“We had plenty of chances in the first half and there was just one team in it — Liverpool. It could have been more than 2-0.
“At Stamford Bridge we were better, at Anfield they were. But it doesn’t matter who was better, only who goes through.
“In the first half I thought we were going through, we were playing fantastic football and dominating them.
“We played for Liverpool with heart. All we could give was passion and commitment. To be a Liverpool player is a pleasure.”
Reina has revealed his side were determined to honour the 96 Liverpool supporters killed in the Hillsborough disaster 20 years ago.
“We tried our best for 96 as well but couldn’t do it,” he said.
“We were playing as 11 guys with a lot of passion but we were also lifted by 96 souls.
“We were moved by that and tried everything we could but in the end we did not manage it.”
Reina was responsible for Chelsea’s opener, spooning Didier Drogba’s touch into his own net.
“It was bad positioning in my case. I was too in the middle and should have been closer to the near post,” he said.
“It was my mistake and I have to recognise that. That’s the life of the keeper.”
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