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Reina: Loyalty was right move

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has revealed he turned down big-money moves to stay at Anfield, claiming his desire to try and help the Reds see glory days again was a major factor in his decision.

The 29-year-old Spaniard also stated family reasons as a reason for remaining one of the Kop favourites.

"It's true I could have left at some point," he said. "I decided to stay here and give the best of myself to try to help the team bring back the winning days.

"It was also a decision I made for my wife and my kids. They feel like Liverpool is home."

Reina helped his side to a 1-1 draw against Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City yesterday at Anfield, somewhere many wouldn't have expected him to be a couple of years ago.

The former Villarreal man was heavily linked with a move away from Liverpool while the club was in turmoil before the John Henry takeover.

Reina had previously admitted he was close to joining Arsenal, only ownership issues prevented the move form going through.

But despite pledging his loyalty to Liverpool, Reina could not rule out a move back to his homeland at some point.

"I've got four more years on my contract after this season and my head is in Liverpool," he continued. "But at some point in the future I would like to go back to Spain and play for Atletico Madrid, like my father did.

"I probably won't be in a position to choose, it will be up to them to take the decision for me."

Most Liverpool fans are grateful for Reina's loyalty, especially after seeing other top names like Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres leave in recent times.

Reina is now starring in something of a renaissance under Kenny Dalglish, and Kopites are likely to give him a warm send off when the day comes for him to leave.

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