Ex-Reds ace admits ‘miracles don’t exist’ after failed horse placenta treatment

Former Liverpool ace Albert Riera has admitted that "miracles don't exist" after an injury-plagued final season on Merseyside.

Riera had been part of the Reds side that, under Rafa Benitez, had come close to winning a first Premier League title in 2009. However, over the summer, combined with the departure of Xabi Alonso and off-the-field problems, the Reds struggled.

The Spaniard had problems of his own too, and a hamstring injury left Riera limited to just nine appearances all season. Speaking to The Athletic, Riera looked back on the failed treatment which ultimately cost him a spot in Spain's 2010 World Cup side.

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He said: "Physically, I wasn’t at my best in that second season. I didn’t find my level.

I had the first two injuries of my career. I visited the therapist Mariana Kovacevic in Serbia who treated my hamstring with horse placenta. Many players from the Premier League at the time went to Belgrade as it was a new treatment.

"But it didn’t work for me. Unfortunately, miracles don’t exist. The injury was still there. It wasn’t repaired.”

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Riera left the following season after a public spat with Rafa Benitez on Radio Mallorca – and he soon rocked up in Piraeus with Olympiacos.

However, the pair have since made up, and they both on Merseyside again over the weekend for the legends clash between Liverpool and Manchester United. The second leg of the Legends of the North was put on to raise money for "charitable causes."

Riera is still in football, and he currently manages Slovenian side, Olympia Ljubljana – but his reign got off to a rocky start when he was confronted by ultras in his first press conference.

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