Former Liverpool football club player John Arne Riise will be back to Merseyside next year to earn his coaching badges. The Norwegian footballer decided to retire from playing professional football earlier this year but later changed his mind to play in India for Indian Super League club, Chennaiyin FC.
After joining Liverpool FC from Monaco in 2001, the Norwegian left back represented the Reds in more than 300 games and won several major trophies including a League Cup, FA Cup, and a Champions League. Riise also helped Liverpool lift the European Super Cup in his debut season.
The 36-year old made an announcement on his Twitter account which stated that he would be returning to his former club to complete his coaching requirements.
Riise is one of Liverpool’s most successful and popular left backs and is known for long range strikes and a combination of defence and attack on the pitch when Liverpool were at their best during the periods between 2005 and 2008.
After his spell ended with Liverpool, Riise switched to Fulham FC in 2011 where he played close to 100 games for the club before his contract ended in 2014.
Liverpool fans will be delighted to hear about the return of Riise to Merseyside, and this has also lead to many supporters speculating about the possibility of Steven Gerrard coming back as well. With many former greats like Kenny Dalglish being successful as player turned managers, Reds fans would surely be pleased if the 36-year-old gets a prominent role at Anfield in the near future.
Even Alex Inglethorpe, Liverpool’s academy director is open to the idea of the former left back coming back and has offered to let Riise spend time at Kirkby and learn along with the youngsters of the academy.
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