Monday 22 January 2018

Keeper glad to advance as he takes full blame for mistake

PEPE Reina has accepted responsibility for Steaua Bucharest equaliser in Liverpool's 1-1 draw last night, but remains happy with his side's qualification from Group K.

Manager Roy Hodgson sent out a much-changed side containing several inexperienced players and they returned a creditable draw following Milan Jovanovic's 19th-minute strike.

That could even have proved the winner had Reina (above) not let Eder Bonfim's tame header squirm through his legs and over the line.

Nevertheless, a point was still enough for the Reds to move to the round of 32.

Reina said: "I thought one of their players was offside for the goal, but I've watched replays and it's my fault. It's my mistake and I have to handle that and get through.

"He was definitely obstructing me, but I definitely should have reacted much better than I did. I will handle the mistake and improve."

Reina also praised the younger players -- including the likes of Martin Kelly, Danny Wilson, Dani Pacheco and Jonjo Shelvey -- for earning the point for their side.

"We have to give them some credit because we made a great effort," he added.

"We have players out there with not much experience and they showed great character and helped us get the point we needed."

Irish Independent

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