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Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has suggested he will stay at Anfield following Kenny Dalglish's appointment as permanent manager.
Reina's future at Liverpool was the subject of speculation earlier in the season following their poor form under Roy Hodgson.
However, Dalglish has helped transform the club's fortunes and he was rewarded for his work with a three-year deal on Thursday.
Reina has been convinced by Dalglish's impact that the future looks bright for Liverpool and he is excited about next season's prospects.
The 28-year-old has been persuaded purely by results on the pitch and a change in atmosphere he can still fulfil his ambitions at Anfield.
"I am looking forward to next season. I have always said [that] - of course there was a bit of doubt back in December and January because we were not even close to where we are now," said Reina.
"We have had excellent news on Kenny's contract, Steve Clarke's (who also signed a three-year deal) and all of the technical staff.
"We are heading in the right direction and we are optimistic.
"I think by making the right steps and taking them, we can all see the difference between now and then.
"That's why we are now optimistic about the future and are looking forward."
Liverpool's form under Dalglish has prompted talk of a serious title bid next season and although Reina is confident they will improve he is not getting carried away.
"We have to be calm because we know how hard it is to compete with the big teams out there," added Reina.
"Fifth position is not the one that belongs to Liverpool, we aim higher and hopefully next season we can finish higher.
"We are all looking forward to next season, but we have to finish the job on Sunday.
"By winning we will mathematically be sure of fifth and that is our target - to be beat Tottenham, make sure we get into Europe for next season and then get some rest, which I think we deserve as well."