Reina - Rafa is a genius

Liverpool goalkeeper hails manager's European record

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina is confident manager Rafa Benitez will again demonstrate his European touch of genius to help the Reds past Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League.

The Reds travel to Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday in a match which can be seen live on Sky Sports 2.

Liverpool have not defeated Arsenal away since 2000, but Reina believes Benitez - who has guided the Reds to two Champions League finals in the last three years - will again work his magic to earn a first leg advantage.

"Rafa's record in Europe gives the team extra belief we will go through," Reina told The Sun.


"He's a genius when it comes to tactics and a true specialist in preparing teams for two-legged cup ties.

"His attention to detail and past record of success gives us so much confidence.

"I don't know why we play better in the Champions League.

"In the league we have struggled with the endurance of competing with the big teams over nine months but the knock-out format suits us better.

"If this team continues growing by getting to the final in Moscow the Liverpool legend in Europe will be even more special."