John Arne Riise delivers Twitter message to retiring Liverpool hero
By Danny Wright
John Arne Riise has hailed Xabi Alonso for his brilliant passing ability after the Liverpool hero announced he will retire at the end of the season.
The former Liverpool left back called Alonso the ‘pass master’ and thanked him for all the times he passed the ball to him during their playing days together at Anfield.
The Bayern Munich midfielder has remained an important part of his club’s first team but at the age of 35, he has decided that this season will be his last in an announcement on his official Twitter page.
Alonso and Riise were part of the Liverpool side when the club sealed it’s famous fifth European title in 2005 when they came back to beat AC Milan in one of the most memorable games in football history.
Riise was the only Liverpool player to miss a penalty in the decisive shoot-out after Alonso had scored an unthinkable equaliser to rescue a three-goal deficit during the second half of the final.
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“’The Pass Master’ announces his retirement. Good luck my friend! Thanks for all the great passes, you always found me,” said Riise on his personal Twitter account.
"The Pass Master" announces his retirement. Good luck my friend! Thanks for all the great passes????????you always found me @XabiAlonso ????????????????
— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) March 9, 2017
The former Norway international retired from the game in October 2016 after a brief spell in the Indian Super League.
He also had spells at Monaco, Roma and Fulham but made himself into a cult hero at Anfield where he became known for his no-nonsense defending and 30-yard screamers.
Riise made 340 appearances for the Reds and scored 31 goals during his seven years at the club.
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