Pepe Reina does not regret leaving Liverpool, despite struggling for game-time at Bayern Munich. The Spaniard joined the Reds from Villarreal in 2005 for £6 million and made over 250 appearances, winning the FA Cup and League Cup along the way.
However, Brendan Rodgers' arrival at the Anfield helm saw the 'keeper fall out of favour in the Liverpool goal and he was replaced by Simon Mignolet in 2013. After a season on loan at Napoli, reuniting with Rafa Benitez, who brought Reina to Merseyside, the 32-year-old made a £2m move to Bayern last summer.
Lack of game time
Since moving to the Bundesliga, Reina has played second-fiddle to Manuel Neuer, having made just one appearance in all competitions. Many criticised the former Barcelona man for joining the German champions knowing that Neuer firmly occupied the number one goalkeeper's spot and was unlikely to be removed from his perch.
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However, Reina has defended his decision to join Bayern and believes he would have been in a similar position if he stayed at Liverpool.
“I think I was not going to play regular football if I had stayed. There’s no time for regret," he told talkSPORT.
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"It’s about looking forward and being happy about what I achieved in my career at Liverpool and have a great day Sunday and say goodbye to all those fans that loved me at Liverpool for many years.
“It’s a great club (Bayern Munich), a good city with good people and we are looking forward to winning every trophy. So far so good. Life could have been better by playing more games but that is a goalkeepers life. I have to be patient and work harder.”
Missed By Kopites
During his time at Anfield, Reina became a fan-favourite and wrote himself into Kop folklore. The former Barcelona man was the hero in Liverpool's FA Cup triumph against West Ham United in 2006, when his save from Anton Ferdinand's effort handed his side the trophy.
Similar happened the following season when he made several fine saves during Liverpool's penalty shoot out against Chelsea in the Champions League final to help his side prevail. Throughout his spell with the Reds Reina always put in a whole-hearted display and his voice could be heard bellowing from row Z of the Kop commanding his defence.
When Rodgers took charge of Liverpool many thought Reina would fit perfectly into the Northern Irishman's philosophy. Rodgers wanted to adapt a system that played football from the goalkeeper, something that the Madrid-native fitted perfectly.
However, after just one season in charge, the new Reds boss signed Mignolet to bring competition to the goalkeeping spot at the Anfield club. Some were confused by this move given Reina's history and how Mignolet had not fully proven himself the season prior at Sunderland and still expected the Spaniard to remain at the club.
Mignolet since has shown he has chinks in his armour and some Kopites would much rather have seen Reina in goal.
Fight For Place
This season, Mignolet had a poor first few months of the season and made several key errors. Ultimately, the Belgian was dropped for Brad Jones in December, however if Reina had have stayed to fight for his place, it could have been him much earlier in the campaign.
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