Liverpool legend Pepe Reina opens up on Champions League regret during career

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Liverpool legend Pepe Reina admits failing to win the Champions League is the biggest regret of his 23-year career.

Reina, 39, has played for some of the most decorated clubs in European football, including Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AC Milan as well as the Reds.

The Spanish goalkeeper got his hands on the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield, before winning the Coppa Italia with Napoli and the Bundesliga with Bayern.

He was also a member of the Spain squad which claimed two European Championships and the World Cup from 2008-12, albeit only making one appearance across all three tournaments.

Reina has enjoyed a stellar career and is considered one of the Premier League's best ever goalkeepers, but he still deeply regrets losing the 2007 Champions League final with Liverpool and missing out on the honour.

During an interview with Marca, the now-Lazio star was made aware that he has played for three of the four most successful Champions League teams ever.

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However, he replied: "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."

Reina has spent the last year with Lazio after a brief stint back in England with Aston Villa, making 39 appearances for the Italian club.

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At the age of 39 his playing career is well and truly approaching its conclusion, and once it draws to a close the former Reds hero wants to venture into management.

"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," he added.

"I have been lucky to have good teachers and I think I can help in that facet.

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"Every time I am thinking more as a coach than as a player. I am passionate about tactics.

"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."

  • Champions League
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