Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina 'getting better'


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Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina is hopeful of a swift return to action having missed the weekend's victory over Reading.

The Spain international injured a hamstring while on international duty and was forced to miss the 1-0 victory, in which deputy Brad Jones had an outstanding game.

Liverpool head in to the Merseyside derby against Everton on Sunday after negotiating a Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala at Anfield on Thursday. Reina is hopeful of returning for the matches, although remains cautious.

"I'm getting better, little by little," said the 30-year-old

"It wasn't worth taking any risks because you risk it getting worse. I'll be patient and get really good."

Discussing the performance of Jones, who kept only Liverpool's second clean sheet of the Premier League season, Reina was clearly impressed.

"Brad was excellent.

"He was composed, he was really good in the air, when he was called on he was fast off his line, and he played well with his feet. He had a complete game.

"He's a good fighter and a good 'keeper for Liverpool, not just an understudy.

"He's another 'keeper for the club and he'll do his best to play as many games as possible."