Norwegian left back open to Merseyside move.
Former Liverpool favourite John Arne Riise has sparked talk of a possible Anfield return after suggesting that he would be open to a move back to the Merseyside club he represented from 2002 to 2008. The Norwegian international is currently at Roma but has been linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico after an average season at the Serie A side.
Liverpool are reportedly looking for a new left back and have previously been strongly linked with Everton’s Leighton Baines and Newcastle United full back Jose Enrique. Kenny Dalglish will have been encouraged by the performances of youngster Jack Robinson but may feel that he needs a more experienced player to fill the position that has been handed to a number of players this season.
Paul Konchesky was the original first choice under Roy Hodgson but the former Fulham man struggled to find form and has been sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest. Fabio Aurelio has struggled for fitness and at times Glen Johnson and Danny Wilson have both been called in as emergency back up.
£8m rated Riise will be out of contract in the summer of 2012 and Roma may be willing to sell the attack minded full back if the right offer comes along. Talking of the speculation about a return to the club he made 300 appearances for, the 30 year old said
“I am flattered by reports linking me with a return to England. Liverpool are close to my heart. They are a great club and I have some good memories. I have a contract here until June 2012, so you never know.”
Whilst John Arne Riise would not necessarily be a long term solution to the left sided problem area, the experienced set piece specialist may be an ideal player to call upon until the club’s younger talents are ready to be thrown in at the deep end.