Albert Riera, a 35-year-old Spaniard who was brought in at the time of Rafael Benitez’s Spanish revolution at Anfield and has been without a club for the past two years has just announced his retirement in his football career as a PLAYER on his Twitter handle.
“Right time to say BYE as a player. Thanks to the clubs and supporters that have been along this way with me from 2001 till today. Proud and thankful for the way we have been together during 17 years. Now time to look forward and impatient for my new step!#thanks #football” – said Riera.
He was signed from Espanyol for 8m. He made a total appearance of 56 times for the reds and between 2008 and 2010, scored a total of five goals. The winger made his debut in a 2-1 victory over Manchester United two weeks after signing, and scored his first goal five days later in a victory over Wigan.
He then scored against PSV Eindhoven in a Champions League tie which Liverpool won 3-1. Liverpool finished the season with a total of 86 points, and the winger had a part to play in 28 league games, netting three goals.
His second season at the club saw Liverpool struggle, finishing in seventh place and without any silverware to show.
Riera was suspended during this season following comments he made to a radio station about manager Rafael Benitez, and following Benitez’s departure in the summer of 2010, Riera also made his way through the exit door when he joined Greek side Olympiakos.
In more recent years, the Spaniard has played for several clubs across Europe, including his first club Mallorca and Italian side Udinese where he got sacked in November 2014 after he failed to show for a game and instead decided to attend a poker tournament.
He however, featured for Liverpool in a masters’ tournament last year in Singapore.
He now has plenty of time on his hands to indulge whatever pastimes he wishes.