John Aldridge believes that goalkeeper Pepe Reina has made a positive contribution to Liverpool's season after keeping a clean sheet against Reading at the weekend to maintain a run of one defeat in The Reds; last eight games.

Reina was rarely called into action against the Royals, with Brendan Rodgers' men having 26 shots on target compared to the home side's seven, with James McCarthy producing a memorable performance.

But Aldridge says that the saves that did Reina make, particularly from Noel Hunt and then captain Jobi McAnuff shouldn't be undervalued and are a reflection of his improvement over the course of the season.

"Reading keeper Alex McCarthy got plenty of praise for his performance on Saturday, but I was also impressed by Pepe Reina's contribution," he explained in the Liverpool Echo. "For long periods Reina had nothing to do but his concentration was excellent.

Pepe Reina
Pepe Reina has showed his worth for Liverpool this season, John Aldridge argues.

"When Reina was called into action early in the second half he pulled off two really good saves.

"Recent results have been frustrating but the real positive has been the clean sheets.

"That's 13 in the league this season now and only Man City have kept more."

Reina has received some criticism for his performances this season, with speculation linking the 30 year old to a possible move back to boyhood club Barcelona in the summer.

But as the campaign has hit the business end, Reina has become more consistent, and in Rodgers' first season on Merseyside the club have the chance to finish on a positive note, even should they miss out on European qualification.