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Derby defeat not an option -- Reina

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina insists the players are not looking beyond tomorrow's 213th Merseyside derby despite an improved run of form.

The Reds are unbeaten in six Premier League matches and victory at Anfield against their near neighbours in the lunchtime kick-off would take them fourth.

That would put the pressure on Tottenham, who host fellow top-four challengers Aston Villa in the evening match.

However, Reina said their focus was purely on beating David Moyes' side.

"It is a big match and we know that but we play at home once again and we know the supporters will be right behind us," said the Spain international.

"Our target is to beat Everton, that is the only one at the moment.

"We cannot think any further ahead than that because we are not in the same situation as last season when we were fighting for the title.

"At the moment, to prevent more pressure on us than we already have, we have to keep winning and stay focused on the next game only.

"You can talk about improving and this and that, but at the end of the day you have to win.

"It doesn't matter how you play, it is all about winning."

Reina has been Liverpool's best player this season, although he has been run close by centre-back Sotiros Kyrgiakos in recent weeks, and has kept five clean sheets in their current run.

The 27-year-old, who is currently in discussions over a new long-term contract, feels that as one of the more experienced players he has to lead by example.

"I try to take responsibility. I have been here for five years already and I know how the club works and what people expect from us," he added.

"The senior players like Stevie (Gerrard), Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt, me and Javier Mascherano know we have to act by example and be the first ones to stick together."

Kuyt, who heads into tomorrow's match looking for his 50th Liverpool goal after scoring three in the last three matches, is well aware of the significance of the match.

However, he stressed the team had to treat all their remaining fixtures the same.

"The derby is very important but it is not only the derby which is important for us," he said.

"We can't afford to lose any more points as every point is vital."

Meanwhile Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks is looking into the possibility of selling his NHL ice hockey team the Dallas Stars.

The Hicks Sports Group (HSG) confirmed Galatioto Sports Partners have been retained to examine the possibility of securing new investors or selling a majority stake in the franchise.

Last month, HSG announced they had reached a definitive agreement to sell Major League Baseball side the Texas Rangers for about £360m.

It appears Hicks is trying to re-organise his finances on a major scale but what this latest announcement means for Liverpool remains to be seen.

Recent reports suggest Liverpool require a £100m cash injection before the summer or Hicks and co-owner George Gillett will face a decision over whether to sell the club when the current debt-refinancing agreement ends in July.

It has been claimed the Royal Bank of Scotland and Wachovia -- the banks with whom Liverpool currently have a refinancing deal -- are putting pressure on the club to find new investment to help better manage their reported £237m of debt.

Liverpool chief executive Christian Purslow has been tasked with finding the new investment and is in talks with five or six potential suitors.

Any investment would be used to reduce the club's debts and would result in Hicks and Gillett's ownership share being diluted.

Regarding Hicks' NHL franchise, Dallas Stars president Jeff Cogen said: "While a sale is not a certainty it is a possibility and Mr Hicks has received numerous inquiries about the team."


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