Liverpool FC goalkeeper Pepe Reina apologises for Newcastle red card
By Ian Doyle
PEPE REINA has apologised to his Liverpool FC team-mates for the red card that has ruled him out of the Wembley FA Cup semi-final derby against Everton FC.
Reina was dismissed eight minutes from time for aiming a headbutt at Newcastle United defender Jason Perch as two goals from Papiss Cisse sent Kenny Dalglish’s side tumbling to a 2-0 defeat at St James’ Park yesterday.
It was a six loss in seven league games for the Anfield outfit, their worst such sequence since the 1953-54 season in which they were relegated.
While there was no contact between Reina and Perch, Dalglish had no complaints with the sending-off that leaves the Spaniard facing a three-match ban.
And asked if the goalkeeper had apologised in the dressing room, the Liverpool manager said: “There was a bit of remorse there, yes.
“We started the game well enough, passed and moved and looked pretty threatening. But it all ended up with a lot of frustration and disappointment.
“The frustration and disappointment led to the actions that Pepe took. He got a deserved red card.”
Reina will also sit out the forthcoming Premier League games against Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers, with Brazilian keeper Doni now in line to make his competitive debut for Liverpool.
Andy Carroll was given a hostile reception by the home supporters on his first return to Newcastle since leaving for Liverpool in January 2011, and allowed his frustration to boil over when storming straight down the tunnel after being substituted late on.
Dalglish, though, refused to overly-criticise the striker, and said: “When Andy came off, the way the game had gone for the team and that frustration has taken him up the tunnel and into the dressing room.
“Andy was just frustrated and disappointed with the way the game had panned out. I thought he had played well.
“We don’t have a problem with desperation, frustration and disappointment, but we need to channel it better than we have done.”