Steven Gerrard has stated that former Red John Arne Riise “was good” for Liverpool back in the day.

Riise joined Liverpool from Monaco for a transfer fee of €6.36 million back in 2001. He eventually departed the club in 2008. Riise possessed a few qualities that Gerrard liked.

Gerrard stated that Riise had a good left foot. Liverpool’s former No.8 mentioned that Riise was extremely fit when he was at Anfield.

Gerrard also suggested that Riise had the ability to find the back of the net.

Gerrard told Soccerbox, which was broadcasted on Optus Sport (10:10): “He was good for us ‘Ginger’. Great left foot, strong runner, fit as you like.

“And he suited maybe going up a line in certain games. Especially away from home because of the counter-attack.

“He was such a strong runner. He was quite quick and he can obviously provide moments like that [scoring goals].”

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY – MAY 25: Liverpool defender John Arne Riise of Norway (R) and winger Harry Kewell of Australia lifts the European Cup after Liverpool won the European Champions League against AC Milan on May 25, 2005 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Riise had a superb Liverpool career. The left-back played 348 matches for the club. In those games, he scored 31 goals and registered 23 assists.

Riise was apart of the Liverpool side that won the 2005 Champions League trophy, also.

If I had to pick my favourite Riise moment from his time at Anfield, it would have to be that free-kick he scored against Manchester United at Anfield in 2001.

It was an absolute screamer, and it backs up Gerrard’s comment about Riise being able to score goals. Riise was predominantly a defender, but he certainly knew how to find the back of the net.

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