Last week, Liverpool fans were sad to see one of their former favourites, Daniel Agger, retire and now this week they’re paying tribute to John Arne Riise after the Norwegian also announced his retirement.
Liverpool supporters certainly have fond memories of the left-sided player after he spent seven seasons at Anfield winning the FA Cup, League Cup and the unforgettable 2005 Champions League.
Riise will always be remembered for his thunderbolt of a left foot, scoring some screamers for the Reds in the past.
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He certainly enjoyed some highs and lows during his time at the club. A magnificent individual goal against Everton in his debut season, his stunning free-kick against Manchester United, his cross for Steven Gerrard’s goal in the Champions League final and his successfully converted penalty in the 2006 FA Cup final are moments that Riise will no doubt look back on with fondness from his time at Liverpool.
However, he did suffer some bad moments during his 348 appearances for the club most notably a 95th minute own goal at the Kop end in a Champions League semi-final to give Chelsea an away goal as they drew 1-1, before losing the second-leg 3-2 after extra-time.
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But Kopites forgot all about that devastating own goal and paid tribute to a fan favourite after he announced his retirement. Here are some of the best tweets:
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He made the announcement on a blog post by writing: “A top athlete must always sure to be physically prepared for the best performances.
“They must align themselves with a different lifestyle than others, and to succeed as a footballer you have to have a mental strength that can withstand being tested every week.
“My inner goal was to play football at the Norwegian top level until I was 40. But that is not to be. It stops here.
“The reason you know for sure now. Lately, there has emerged a completely new feeling in me, feeling that joy, glow but no longer strong enough to perform at my best."
Riise is certainly a figure that will be welcomed back at Anfield whenever he returns and will remain a hero amongst Kopites. It only took a few months for the fans to create a song for the ginger-haired player.
It was November 4, 2001 when Riise took a big step towards becoming a Liverpool hero. It occured during a clash against arch-rivals Manchester United. Didi Hamann rolled the ball to him from a free-kick 25-yards from goal and Riise smashed the ball off the underside of the bar past Fabien Barthez. Sky Sports Martin Tyler exclaimed: “Goodness gracious me,” while Liverpool fans started a song shortly afterwards.
They chanted: ‘John Arne Riise, oohh ahah, I wanna know how you scored that goal,’ to the tune of ‘Hey Baby’ and it was a song that reverberated around the stadium for the many years to come.
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