Reina hopeful of Reds recovery
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina is happy with the improvement the side have shown in recent weeks and hopeful they can enjoy a successful 2011.
Under the stable ownership of the Fenway Sports Group and with Kenny Dalglish appointed manager until the end of the season, there is more cause for optimism than there has been for a while.
Reina believes that has filtered down to the dressing room, and despite the fact Dalglish has yet to win after three games in charge, the Spain international is looking forward to a fresh start heading into the final four months of the campaign.
"We had a difficult start to the season, but we take comfort from the fact that the team is recovering," said the 28-year-old.
"In the last few weeks we’ve performed better.
"I’m just hoping this is the start of a good run for us in the second half of the season.
"In many ways it’s just beginning now. The season is very long and this year especially we have seen a lot of unpredictable results.
"We must maintain calm and go from game to game.
"The key for us is to be strong at home, and improve our form when we’re away from Anfield."
Reina also believes the way FSG are running the club has sent out a positive message.
"I believe in them and I think they can change the whole atmosphere at Liverpool again – and return the club to its former glory," he added.
The goalkeeper has also taken heart from the unpredictability of the Premier League, which has meant many clubs still have plenty to play for.
"It is so even this season," he told liverpoolfc.tv.
"Anything can happen and things can happen quickly, so Liverpool must retain the faith – but we won’t look too far ahead."
Dalglish has stressed that confidence has to play a big part in the team’s turnaround in fortunes but felt last weekend’s 2-2 draw in the Merseyside derby was key in highlighting what the players are capable of.
"It’s up to us. We’ve got the ability," said the Scot.
"The performance will have given them great satisfaction, the result not so much.
"As we say, we keep trying to build up the belief in the players without making them complacent."