Pepe Reina: I’m not angry with Liverpool, I’m grateful to them

Pepe Reina insists he is not angry with Liverpool but admits that his Anfield exit was "different" to what he was expecting

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Pepe Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005 Photo: Standard Chartered

Pepe Reina insists he is not angry with Liverpool but admits his Anfield exit unfolded “differently” to what he was expecting.

Reina completed a season-long loan switch to Napoli this week following the arrival of Simon Mignolet from Sunderland at Anfield earlier in the transfer window.

But the 30-year-old shot-stopper insists that there are no hard feelings towards the Reds following his move away – and insists he is proud of his time on Merseyside.

“I’m not angry with Liverpool – quite the opposite. I am very grateful to them for everything they have given me,” Reina, who joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005, told El Larguero.

“My departure was different to what I expected, but I will always be grateful to them.

“This is the nature of football – when you are loved by a team, you really feel it, but when you go through bad moments, you are treated differently. In the end I will remember the love I felt from the fans for so many years.

“My time in England is where I have felt truly like a footballer and I have put my name among the best players. I’m very proud to have played almost 400 games with Liverpool.

“I’ll remember the friends I made in and outside the dressing room. Trophies stay in the cabinet gathering dust, but friends are for life.”

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