John Arne Riise eyeing a return to the Premier League

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Former Liverpool Champions League winner, John Arne Riise, is keen to return to the Premier League despite being 35-years-old.

The Norwegian, who played at Anfield for seven years, is available on a free transfer after a short spell with Delhi Dynamos in India.

Riise, who played predominately as a left-back for Liverpool, insists that he still feels great and believes that he is capable of playing football for many more years.


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“I am free and I will see where I end up next,” Riise told the Liverpool Echo.

“I’m 35 but age is just a number. It all depends how you look after your body. In my head I’m still 18!

“Physically, I feel strong and I want to play on until I’m 40. I think it’s still too soon to go back to Norway and play. I still have a lot to offer on the pitch.”

The Kop favourite played an important role in Liverpool’s Istanbul triumph in 2005, crossing the ball for Gerrard’s first goal and he scored a penalty in the shoot-out.

During his time at the club, he also won the League Cup in 2003 against Manchester United and the FA Cup in 2006 against West Ham - although he missed a penalty in the shoot-out.

After leaving the Reds, Riise joined Fulham, via Roma, for three seasons and he’s got his heart set on a return to England.

“I’d love to play in England again. That would be ideal in this window. I’ve had a few offers from different places but I would love to come back to England,” he said.

“What level? It all depends. I see some players playing in the Premier League currently who shouldn’t be there.”

Riise was renowned for his powerful left-foot, often scoring spectacular goals - similar to his manager in India, Roberto Carlos.

“Playing for Roberto was amazing,” the defender said. “He was my idol. We both have a left foot that can do some damage!

“I went there because of him. I had a great time and got close with him.”

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