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Pepe Reina writes open letter to Liverpool fans after sealing Bayern Munich move

Pepe Reina has left Liverpool after nine years. Credit: PA Wire

Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina has written an emotional open letter to Liverpool FC fans after completing his move to Bayern Munich.

The 31-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Napoli, signed a three-year-contract with the German champions, to signal an end to his time at Anfield.

Reina was a popular figure at Anfield during his stint as Liverpool's No 1. Credit: PA Wire

Reina won the FA Cup, League Cup and European Super Cup during eight seasons as Liverpool's No 1 after joining from Villarreal in 2005.

Titled "Once a Red Always a Red", Reina said it had been an "honour and a privilege" to spend so many years at "one of the greatest clubs in world football".

"The memories I have of Anfield, my team mates, the supporters and the people of Liverpool will stay with me forever," he wrote.

The Spaniard has joined Bayern Munich. Credit: PA Wire

Reina lost his place in the Liverpool side following the arrival of Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, and linked up with former manager Rafael Benítez at Napoli last season.

But Reina insisted he wanted to leave Anfield with "no hard feelings".

Pepe Reina said he will consider himself a Liverpudlian "for life". Credit: PA Wire
Reina celebrating Liverpool's League Cup win in 2012. Credit: PA Wire
The 31-year-old said it was an 'honour' to spend nine years at the club. Credit: PA Wire

Pepe Reina's letter to Liverpool fans in full

Around this time last year, I wrote a letter to say goodbye to Liverpool and the fans after I joined Napoli. Some people asked why I was doing it when I was only going on loan for a season and would be back within twelve months but the reality was that it was already clear to me that my time at Anfield was over. Liverpool had signed Simon Mignolet to be their new number one and I was being allowed to go out on loan so I wanted to take the opportunity to offer my thanks and bid farewell because I knew that I would not be back.

I suppose this is a bit of an update now that my departure has been confirmed and I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone at Liverpool – and I mean everyone – for everything that they have done for me over years. Last time, some of my words were misinterpreted and taken out of the context in which they were meant but it would never be my intention to leave Liverpool on anything but good terms so hopefully this will put that right once and for all.

I have been extremely fortunate to spend so many years at what I consider to be one of the greatest clubs in world football. It has been an honour and a privilege. The memories I have of Anfield, my team mates, the supporters and the people of Liverpool will stay with me forever. I am disappointed that I am leaving but only in the sense that I enjoyed being at the club so much and it is always difficult to say goodbye to something that is special to you. I will always be grateful to have played for Liverpool and my time at the club was always going to come to an end so we move on with no hard feelings.

All I can do now is look forward to a new adventure at Bayern Munich and being reunited with Pep Guardiola, who was my first captain at Barcelona. Hopefully I will enjoy being with them as much as I enjoyed being with Liverpool and again, I am fortunate to be going from one great club to another. I will return to at Anfield some time soon, though, only next time it will be as a fan rather than a player and I hope that when I do come back Liverpool will be challenging for the biggest trophies like they always should.

The final thing for me to do is to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported me in any way since I joined Liverpool in 2005 – all of the managers who I have played under, all of the players who I shared a dressing room with, all of the staff who helped me in so many ways and every single one of the fans who gave the team and myself the kind of backing that others can only dream of. I count myself as a Liverpudlian and I will be one for life.

You’ll Never Walk Alone,

Pepe