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Reds can turn it around -- Reina

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina believes the squad have to use Monday's morale-boosting 4-1 win over Portsmouth to get them through tonight's tricky Europa League last-16 second leg tie against Lille.

The French side arrive at Anfield with a 1-0 lead courtesy of Eden Hazard's late free-kick a week ago and showed enough in that game to suggest they will be no pushovers.

Liverpool's poor season -- they have suffered early exits from the Champions League and FA Cup and have long been out of the title race -- means this is the only trophy they can win.

Reina believes that, allied to the recent confidence boost of their biggest win since September on Monday, will spur the players on.

"We are 1-0 down and we have to lift it up," said the Spain international, who revealed he is just a few weeks away from signing a new long-term contract.

"We have to take those good games we have played as an example and Monday was one of them.

"I hope we can keep a clean sheet and turn things around. I hope I will have nothing to do but I don't think it will be the case.

"They are a well-organised team with pace up front and we know it is going to be tough but there have been many times that have been tough and we have managed."


The French side will be a difficult prospect, even at Anfield, but Reina insists the players are determined to turn things around as they are desperate to win some silverware to make up for a disappointing campaign.

"It is the only trophy we can lift this season so it is massively important," he added.

"A trophy is a trophy and it is always good. We are the first ones to know the season has not been good and we should have been better.

"But as long as we have got a possibility of winning a trophy it is important for the club and the players.

"Lille will play defensively with some pace and ability up front playing counter-attack and we have to be aware of that and manage that."

Lille coach Rudi Garcia insists his side will not be over-awed by the "mythical" Anfield atmosphere.

The French side hold a 1-0 first-leg lead courtesy of Eden Hazard's late free-kick.

And Garcia is confident his players will cope with a big European night on Merseyside, as they did in the previous round when they travelled to Fenerbahce for the second leg.

Then, leading 2-1, they drew 1-1 in Istanbul thanks to Adil Rami's 85th-minute goal.

"There is no need to motivate the players for a game like this. The motivation has to be to get as far as we possibly can," said Garcia.

"We know we are playing against a legendary side in a very atmospheric -- almost mythical -- stadium of legends but we have experienced this against Fenerbahce away from home."


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