Riise relishing Anfield return

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Fulham defender John Arne Riise is anticipating an emotional return to Anfield tonight - the club he spent seven successful seasons playing for, making almost 350 appearances.

The 31-year-old left Merseyside for Roma in 2008, before making his Premier League comeback when he moved to Craven Cottage last summer.

Riise is yet to return to his old stomping ground, but as Martin Jol's side prepare to travel to Liverpool in the Premier League this evening, the Norway international admitted that anticipation is rapidly building.

"It was one of the first games I was looking for because I always wanted to come back," he told Fulham's official website. "Now, I'm going to be playing against them and it's emotional.

"I'm feeling a little bit - not nervous - but it's tickling a little more than usual, so I'm looking forward to it."

Fulham have never won at Anfield, but they will arguably never have a better chance, with Liverpool enduring a miserable season, particularly at home in the English top flight.

"We always play some good football away from home as well but we haven't got the results we maybe need or deserve," added Riise.

"So, we're going into the Liverpool game really confident and hopefully we can play good football and get something out of the game. But it's a tough place to go to. They want to improve on their league position as well, so it won't be easy."

During his time at Anfield, Riise built a reputation as a spectacular striker of the ball, netting a number of sensational goals.

But, in his first season with the Cottagers, the full-back has so far failed to find the net, though that could change tonight.

"I know the fans and some people are wanting me to score. Believe me, I do as well. I've been very close and sometimes you need a bit of luck for them to go in," he added.

"Because, it's not like I'm shooting from five yards. I have to shoot from 30 yards and things have to happen. Maybe it can happen at Anfield."

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