Speaking to the official website after his move (believed to be for around £8M), Riera said:
“I cannot wait to see Anfield and start there. Not only is it a club with a lot of history, but they have great players and a coach who everybody talks very highly of.”
“When I arrived at Espanyol I was a kid and now I’ve progressed as a player at the same time the team has progressed.
“Thanks to Espanyol I’ve become a full international and now an opportunity has opened itself for me to take a very big step. Liverpool are a club where you are always obliged to play to win.
“I always said that if I left it would be for the best of both parties and to go to a great team. That is the case and I think everybody understands that my departure has been so I can continue growing.”
Player Profile: Albert Riera