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Pepe Reina still haunted by Liverpool regret as he makes coaching vow

The former Liverpool shot-stopper has conceded that despite the many league titles he has amassed throughout his career, it is the Champions League he wishes he won

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Ex- Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has shed light on how, despite the many league titles he has won over the course of his playing career, his lack of a Champions League winners medal remains a great source of regret.

Reina has enjoyed a stellar career that has spanned beyond two decades, playing for some of the biggest side’s on the continent with an honours list that makes for incredible reading.

The shot-stopper was also part of a Spain national side that is widely regarded as one of the best teams international football has ever seen, as they won both the 2008 and 2012 European Championship with the 2010 World Cup wedged in between.



Pepe Reina, pictured with Steven Gerrard, spent nine years at Liverpool
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However, for all of his success, he remains without a Champions League title despite plying his trade for Barcelona, Liverpool, A.C. Milan and Bayern Munich to name just four.

He came closest in a Liverpool shirt, after the Reds reached the 2007 Champions League final – only to be beaten 2-1 by Italian giants A.C. Milan – who he would go on to join in 2018.









In an interview with Spanish outlet Marca, Reina was made aware of the fact he had played for three of the four sides with the most Champions League titles, to which responded: “I am proud, but if you ask me…I would change all that for having won a Champions League.

“Without a doubt, it is what I have been missing, a thorn since we lost the final with Liverpool in 2007.”







The Reds failed to match their 2005 heroics and topple A.C. Milan for the biggest game in club football and Reina was left with just a runners-up medal to show for it.

The former Anfield hero later went on to reveal how he harbours aspirations of one day becoming a manager, explaining: “I want to be a coach. I’m going to prepare for it and I’m going to try to do things well and be one of the best.

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39-year-old Reina is now at Serie A side Lazio
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“I have been lucky to have good teachers and I think I can help in that facet.

“Every time I am thinking more as a coach than as a player. I am passionate about tactics,” Reina continued. “I am more and more curious to know why things are done; deciphering a match; trying to keep the details that are being worked on during the week; knowing and being able to transfer what the coach wants in the field and thus be of more help.”




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