Pepe Reina describes playing for Liverpool as "best thing that happened to me"


Pepe Reina has described playing for Liverpool as the “best thing that happened to me”.

The 38-year-old goalkeeper is now plying his trade at Lazio almost seven years after departing Anfield following a nine-year association with the Merseyside club.

Signed by Rafa Benitez in 2005, Reina quickly cemented his place as Liverpool’s No.1 and went on to win the FA Cup in his first season as the hero in the penalty shootout win over West Ham.

The Spaniard played in the 2007 Champions League final defeat to AC Milan before later winning the League Cup, before leaving in 2014 after a season out on loan at Napoli.

Reina’s time at Liverpool ended somewhat slightly bitterly, as he was sold by Brendan Rodgers after falling out with his former manager., but he still looks back on his time at the club fondly.



Lazio keeper Pepe Reina hailed his time at Liverpool as "the best thing that happened to me"
Lazio keeper Pepe Reina hailed his time at Liverpool as “the best thing that happened to me”

“I had a lot of fun in England as a footballer, they were the most competitive years of my career: always in the Champions League and every year we fought for the title,” Reina told Area Napoli.

“A dream to play at Anfield. To play around 400 games with the team. Liverpool was the best thing that happened to me.”

Among his achievements, Reina was also part of the side which went close to ending Liverpool’s Premier League title drought in the 2008/09 season.

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He won the Golden Glove award three seasons running when he first joined, keeping the highest amount of clean sheets from 2005/06 – 2007/08.



Reina (L) celebrating the 2006 FA Cup final win with ex-teammate Fernando Morientes
Reina (L) celebrating the 2006 FA Cup final win with ex-teammate Fernando Morientes

The arrival of Simon Mignolet effectively ended Reina’s spell between the sticks, though Rodgers had not committed to selling him when sending him on loan to Napoli.

Reina’s farewell message angered Rodgers, who had no issue selling him the following summer to Bayern Munich.

A permanent spell as Napoli’s first-choice stopper followed, before a period at AC Milan and a brief return to England with Aston Villa on loan.

He actually played against Liverpool in the 2-0 defeat at Anfield last July, but was sold by Milan to Lazio at the end of the season, where he now plays alongside another former Reds’ favourite Lucas Leiva.





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