Pepe Reina admits he knew he was leaving Liverpool for the bench

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The Bayern Munich goalkeeper was under no illusions when leaving the Reds.

There are two ways of looking at former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina's current situation.

Some may view with sadness as one of the finest shot stoppers in Europe in recent years sits on the bench at Bayern Munich.

Others, however, will look at the Spaniard's role at the Bundesliga champions and think - hang on, he's paid a fortune to play back-up to the world's best goalkeeper? Dream job.

Either way, Reina admits he knew exactly what he was getting himself in for when he left Liverpool.

"I knew what I was in for. The club told me I would be [Neuer's] substitute. I have honoured that from the beginning and it has not changed," Reina told Goal.com.

"I do what I do: train hard and I am ready when the team needs me.

"It is very quiet [life in Germany]. Most of the folks do not even recognise me. A football player and his family are respected here. The culture led me here, particularly the football culture."

The Spaniard had fallen out favour under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, with Simon Mignolet - now struggling for form - preferred over the 32-year-old.

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