Pepe Reina warned there is no margin for error against PSV Eindhoven. "Whoever makes mistakes will be eliminated," the Liverpool FC goalkeeper insisted.
Liverpool FC goalkeeper Pepe Reina warned there is no margin for error when his side play PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
Reina did not concede a goal as Liverpool took four points off PSV in the group stage, but the 24-year-old Spaniard believes that will count for nothing when the teams take to the pitch at a packed PSV Stadium. "When we played here it was in the qualifying group and there is always space to lose once," he said. "Now it is a knockout competition, and whoever makes mistakes will be eliminated. We have to be sure we don't make any if we are to get through to the semi-final."
Liverpool start the tie as favourites, just as Arsenal FC did in the previous round. Ronald Koeman's side showed then that reputations count for nothing, taking control of matters with a 1-0 win here before completing the job in London. As coach of SL Benfica last season, he also masterminded the elimination of Manchester United FC and then Liverpool in the last 16, a situation Reina insists Liverpool will ensure is not repeated.
"They are a really good team and we have a lot of respect for them because they beat Arsenal," he said. "Ronald Koeman's sides have eliminated [three] English teams in the past two years so we need to consider that and be very focused. It's going to be tough. We are really focused on this game. We are capable of winning this trophy and that is what we have to fight for. There are five games to go and we will fight for every one."
Liverpool's run to the title in 2005 was built around a solid defence and it is no different this term. Jamie Carragher was superb in the victory against holders FC Barcelona in the last 16, and as the England centre-back prepares for his 50th match in the competition, Reina is quick to pay tribute: "We know just how good 'Carra' is and how important he is for us. He's half of Liverpool sometimes and I am very proud and lucky to play in the same team as him. He's got character, he's a fantastic professional and we are very lucky to have him."