Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is set to reach another milestone as he prepares for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Braga at Anfield.
The 28-year-old Spanish stopper will make his 300th appearance in a Liverpool shirt after his 2005 summer move from Villarreal, something that Reina never imagined would happen.
"It was difficult to think because you are moving to a new country and you don't know how you are going to settle down or what the people are going to think about you.
"I am really proud of this amount of games and it's not something I imagined," Reina told Liverpoolfc.tv.
Many of the Kop faithful regard Reina as the greatest ever goalkeeper to grace the Anfield turf, and having broken an endless amount of Liverpool records over the past half-decade it is clear to see why he has drawn so many plaudits.
Reina holds the record for the most consecutive clean sheets for Liverpool (11) as well as racking up 100 shut-outs in the fewest ever appearances for the Reds (198).
"It makes me proud (that people say that) - it's something really big but in Liverpool's history there have been great goalkeepers. It's difficult to compare us all."
Reina’s modesty and grounded approach is another trait that has endeared him to Reds fans, and there is no question that Thursday’s encounter will be ‘business as usual’ for the Liverpool keeper.
"I trust myself and I knew I could be a good keeper here but to play 300 games - I think I've been really lucky and I'm really proud to have played in each one."