Pepe Reina lifts lid on difficulties after joining Liverpool from Villarreal

Pepe Reina helped Liverpool win the FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield during his time at the club.

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Pepe Reina has candidly shared the challenges he faced in adapting to life at Liverpool after his move in 2005, expressing his initial shock at the weather in Merseyside.

The former Spanish international made the transition from Villarreal to Liverpool just weeks after Rafa Benitez guided the Reds to a historic Champions League victory in Istanbul.

Reina went on to make nearly 400 appearances for the club before departing in 2013.

Reflecting on his time at Liverpool in an interview with LALIGAWORLD, the goalkeeper reminisced about the significant climate change he encountered upon his arrivals.

Reina played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s success during his time at the club, contributing to victories in various prestigious competitions.

His tenure saw the Reds triumph in the FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup, and FA Community Shield, showcasing his importance as a goalkeeper and a leader on the team.

“[In 2005] I moved on to what has been perhaps the most important sporting spell of my career, at the club where I competed best, where I felt best on a personal and collective level, in terms of competitiveness. I spent eight wonderful years in Liverpool,” Reina said.

“I spent two weeks looking at my wife and saying ‘What is this?’ We came from somewhere where the average temperature was 25 degrees but there, in July, it rained non-stop for two weeks.

“I was aghast. I didn’t expect it and it was difficult to adapt to all that.

“It was difficult because I was still a kid; I was 23 years old.

“In the end, though, though it can be difficult to adapt, you adapt to everything when you are doing well, when you are happy, when you are comfortable and when you are valued.

“The rest is pretty much secondary.

“We dedicated ourselves to what we were doing, to forming a great family, because it is very cold there, and it was the best time, so everything went wonderfully.”

Reina added: “Well, when I left Villarreal that summer, and without having even debuted with Liverpool yet, the national team called me up for the first time.

“So, the merit is down to what we did at Villarreal that last year and it was the consistency afterwards, doing well at Liverpool, that kept me in the national team setup.

“I’m privileged and lucky to have shared so many things with that generation of footballers.”

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