On this day in 2011: Ex-Liverpool defender John Arne Riise joins Fulham

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Sunday 13 July 2014

On this day in 2011: Ex-Liverpool defender Riise joins Fulham

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall John Arne Riise’s return to English football

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13 July 2011 - Riise seals Barclays Premier League return

Fulham brought defender John Arne Riise back to the Barclays Premier League when they signed him from Roma on a three-year deal.

The 30-year-old had made 234 Barclays Premier League appearances and won the 2005 UEFA Champions League during seven years with Liverpool.

On his move to Fulham, he said: “I know that the club is ambitious and continues to make good progress each year.

“I am looking forward to working with manager Martin Jol and the rest of the squad.”

Jol added: “John is an experienced international left-back who will bring a number of qualities to our squad and provide more options for me.

“He is used to performing at the very highest level for both club and country and is an accomplished player defensively, who can also contribute to our attacking play.

“I am extremely happy we’ve been able to add him to our squad and believe he will prove a valuable addition.”

Riise, who had earned a reputation for striking a fearsome free-kick while with Liverpool, joined his younger brother Bjorn Helge at Craven Cottage.

In his first season with Fulham, Riise was involved in all but two of the side’s Barclays Premier League matches and only missed seven fixtures during the following campaign.

He was released by the Cottagers after relegation from the Barclays Premier League in the 2013/14 campaign. Overall, he made 87 top-flight appearances for the club.

  • John Arne Riise made 87 Barclays Premier League appearances in three seasons at Fulham

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  • We remember when former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise returned to England with Fulham