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29/07/2013 06:37 BST

Pepe Reina: Celebration Vs Manchester United Was My Best Liverpool Moment

Pepe Reina has bid an emotional farewell to Liverpool fans and revealed his best moment with the Anfield club was a celebration.

Reina, who has joined Napoli on loan, won two trophies in eight years with the Reds, and played a pivotal role in the 2006 FA Cup final win, when he saved three penalties in Liverpool's shootout triumph over West Ham United.

However the Spaniard admitted congratulating David N'Gog on his clincher at home to Manchester United in an October 2009 victory stood out as the highlight.

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Reina embraces David N'Gog after his goal in front of the Kop

Reflecting on his finest moment on Merseyside, Reina said: "It would be my celebration against Manchester United when David N'Gog scored a late goal. That is probably the quickest I have ever run in my life!"

Reina played in all five fixtures when Liverpool defeated United four times and drew once during a dominant spell against their adversaries at Anfield.

The 30-year-old added he was surprised to be loaned out by Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers was keen to offload the former Villarreal goalkeeper last year, but with Brad Jones proving to be an unreliable alternative, the loan move was only sanctioned after Simon Mignolet joined from Sunderland.

"I told the manager that I wanted to play for Liverpool and that Barcelona would only become an option for me if the opportunity arrived," Reina continued.

"When it didn’t come I was happy to fight for my place so I was surprised that Liverpool decided it was in the club's interests to send me to Napoli instead."