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Reina wants Liverpool to spend in summer

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Pepe Reina believes Liverpool have built the base for success and must continue that with summer signings © Getty Images
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Pepe Reina has warned Liverpool could fall further behind Champions League qualification next season if the club's board fails to recruit new players in the summer.

Reina, 30, believes the Reds have become a more stable outfit under Brendan Rodgers as they look beyond this season, having failed to replicate last year's domestic cup success.

But the January additions of Daniel Sturridge and Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho has led Reina to suggest that Liverpool's return to the heights of the Champions League will come down to the level of investment in the summer transfer window.

"This year has been important for us in terms of getting to know what the manager wants and develop the ideas," Reina said. "Then we have to be ready for the very first game of next season to challenge.

"Obviously we will need some help from the board but I think the basis is well settled. We know the ideas and philosophies of the manager. It is getting better and better so hopefully we will be ready to compete.

"We are going into the last 10 games with a positive feeling. We feel we are in the right way. Sometimes the results hadn't been coming with the performances but it will be easier for us to win games playing like that rather than losing them.

"Listen, we are wasting our time talking about next season. We need to finish this one first. We just have to think about Tottenham Hotspur first. After that it is Southampton."

Reina's requests are unlikely to be met with much action from the Liverpool board after they confirmed the club's debts rose to £87.2 last season.

The significant figures raised questions over the future of star players like Luis Suarez, but managing director Ian Ayre confirmed there would be no pressure to reduce the squad as a means of recovering debt.

It is just as well, given that Suarez has scored 21 of Liverpool's 53 league goals this season.

"Liverpool is very lucky to have Luis," he said. "Every day I am proud to say that I share a dressing room with such a big player. He is 100 per cent all the time. Obviously we will see what happens in the future. Everybody wants him to stay with the team.

"He can create the chances himself from nothing. He can be a killer in the box. But he can also provide assistance to the team and be involved all the time. He is not just a proper striker in the box. He looks to create but it is very important for any team to have that 25-plus goals-per-season striker."

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