Goalkeeper Pepe Reina made 285 Premier League appearances for Liverpool before he was replaced by Simon Mignolet and sold to Bayern Munich after a loan spell at Napoli. His time at the club was memorable, and he was a key part of Liverpool's success for most of his career as a Red. However, his exit left a bad taste in the mouths of some, as a contingent of Liverpool supporters believed that the club should have done more to hold on to him.
Reina explained his tough decision in an article published in the Liverpool Echo.
"I think I was not going to play regular football," Reina said. "There's no time for regrets. 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."
On Sunday, Reina will join Team Carragher in a star-studded testimonial for Steven Gerrard. Besides the reappearance of the once beloved Fernando Torres, Reina will be one of the most anticipated Anfield returns despite being gone for less than two seasons. He is excited about the opportunity to come back.
"It's a good cause and then to get back and meet some old friends and faces and be part of a great day."