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The Reds goalkeeper calls for the Merseyside outfit to improve upon last season's dire home form, starting with Sunday's meeting with the Premier League champions

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina insists that it "won't be easy" for champions Manchester City to take three points when they visit Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds commenced their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 humbling at the hands of West Brom on Saturday and now face consecutive home games against City, Manchester United and Arsenal.

But the Spanish shot-stopper believes that the Merseyside outfit can improve upon what was a poor home record last year and hopes to turn Anfield into a fortress again.

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"We don't have the easiest run of fixtures coming up, but they are what they are," Reina told the Liverpool Echo.

"We have to face them and I'm sure for them it won't be easy to come to Anfield.

"We have to make ourselves strong at home. This year we have to get better results at home."

The 29-year-old went on to defend new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' philosophy, claiming that the team is only just beginning to learn a new style of play.

He also called upon the Reds to keep working following their shock defeat to the Baggies and promised fans that it is a result which will not happen often this season.

"We are getting the ideas from the manager – and we still are – and this is just the beginning. We have to lift ourselves up now and stick together more than ever," he continued.

"It’s not normal [to lose]. But I don't think we will see many games for Liverpool like we did on Saturday. There is nothing to worry about. This is just early days. It was a bad game, and it is as simple as that."

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