Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has criticised his own form ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, with the Spain international telling the
Reina added: “I don’t think my season has been good at all. It has been below my standards and I know I haven’t been great. There have been a number of mistakes by me. I had six really good years before this and people get used to that level from me, but sometimes you have a dip in form and must accept it.”
The 29-year-old joined Liverpool in 2005 from Villarreal, having come through Barcelona’s famed youth academy before joining the Yellow Submarine in 2002. Reina replaced Jerzy Dudek as Rafael Benitez’s first-choice goalkeeper despite the Pole’s heroics at the end of the prior season, when he helped Liverpool win the 2005 Champions League after a penalty shoot-out with Milan.
Reina however has his own spot-kick pedigree as he was part of the Liverpool side that won the 2006 FA Cup by that method against West Ham United. The match finished 3-3 after extra time but Liverpool eventually triumphed 3-1 on penalties, with Reina saving three efforts, the last of which, from Anton Ferdinand, proved to be the match-winning stop.
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