Former Liverpool legend John Arne Riise has revealed that he will return to Liverpool next year to complete his coaching qualifications.
The Norwegian footballer decided to retire from playing professional football earlier this year after leaving his last European club Alesund but later changed his mind to play in India for Indian Super League club, Chennaiyin FC.
After joining Liverpool FC from Monaco in 2001, the 36-year-old Norwegian left back represented Liverpool between till 2008, making close to 350 appearances for the Reds. During his time at the club, Riise won the FA Cup and League Cup with Liverpool and played a huge role in the historic and memorable Champions League triumph in 2005.
And now according to reports by the Liverpool Echo, the left-back is heading back to complete his coaching qualifications at Anfield as he prepares to enter the next chapter of his career.
Earlier this year he told the Liverpool Echo that he was keen to pursue a career in coaching and ultimately management.
“I’m starting on the A this summer and then the Pro after that,” he said.
“Being involved in football is what matters. The dream is to become a manager. I can’t imagine life without football.”
It was rumoured that Liverpool academy director Alex Inglethorpe has offered the left-back the chance to spend some time at Kirkby working with the club’s youngsters and now it seems he is ready to take the next step.
Riise to spend five or six days each month at the Academy to share his experience with the kids and observe all the coaching details.
The 36-year old made an announcement on his Twitter account which stated that he would be returning to his former club in order to complete his coaching qualifications.
“Can’t wait for 2017,” he tweeted.
“Going to be at the Liverpool Academy while taking my coaching badges. Exciting! Learning from all the great coaches.
“Once a month I will be there and working with great coaches and players. A lot to learn and what better place than Liverpool.”
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