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Riera pens letter to Liverpool fans

Former Liverpool winger Albert Riera has written a personal letter thanking the club and fans, whom he urged to forget the past.

The Spaniard, who completed a move to Olympiacos last week, has more reason than most to gloss over recent history.

Riera spent the final three months of last season effectively suspended after falling out with ex-Reds manager Rafael Benitez and then describing the club as a "sinking ship".

His letter, published on liverpoolfc.tv, is unlikely to build any bridges with supporters who were hugely critical of Riera, whose form faded badly after a promising debut campaign following his summer 2008 move from Espanyol.

"I would like to say goodbye and thank you for the opportunity to play in this fantastic club," said Riera's letter.

"I would like to thank the fans for their support; you're unbelievable.

"I would also like to thank the staff and my team-mates

"I would like to wish the club all the best for the new season, I can see there's a lot of changes taking place and its like a breath of fresh air into the club.

"I think the club will have a very positive future.

"I want the fans to remember me as a player who tried to give his best.

"My first year here was one of the best seasons and the closest the club have come to winning the Premier League.

"Last season was a season for everyone to forget in all ways, which can happen to any club.

"In football it's important to look forward and forget the past.

"I felt it was time for a change and I'm looking forward now to the new challenges which lie ahead."