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John Arne Riise names two best players he's played with - only one from Liverpool

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With over 500 games to his name during a 20 year professional career, John Arne Riise has had his fair share of stellar teammates.

The majority of those undoubtedly came during the peak of the now retired Norway international's time in England and Italy with Liverpool, Roma and Fulham in particular - although he also shared the international stage with some quality players too.

But, just which players would Riise himself class as the best he has ever played with? Well, according to the former left-back with a ferocious free kick in his locker, there are two names that stand out.

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"(Francesco) Totti is God in Rome. (Steven) Gerrard is 'Captain Fantastic' in Liverpool," he told before going on to explain what made them so special.

"They're different players...Gerrard was the more complete player. He had everything - power, stamina, shooting, heading, passing - and can play in different positions.

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"Totti was a God. Technically he was a genius, tactically he was very good. He's a great person and gave his all on the pitch.

"They're the two best players I've played with."

Riise, who racked up 234 appearances for Liverpool before appearing 99 times for Roma, clearly has good taste when it comes to picking the cream of the crop of his former teammates.

Having also shared the pitch with names like Michael Owen, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, Daniel De Rossi, Philippe Mexes and Luca Toni, Riise's selection is testament to the quality both Gerrard and Totti have displayed on the field for so long.

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And, although he might not appear in any lists of the greatest left-backs to grace the game, Gerrard and Totti would both likely reciprocate the compliment having enjoyed the Norwegian's service down the left flanks during their careers.

Speaking on more recent developments at Anfield, Riise is of the belief that Liverpool can challenge for what he never quite managed to achieve on Merseyside - a league title.

“I think Liverpool will be there to challenge," he said. "But I think City are too strong. Surely, though, next year they’ll challenge, but also this year.

“If you had asked me before the season, I’d have said no. Because this squad needed one more year,

“Good thing about this season is that Liverpool don’t have many games. They only have the Premier League and the domestic cups. It’s going to be a big advantage for them.”


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