Friday, January 20, 2006
Riise pens Anfield extension to 2009
John Arne Riise has signed a new contract at Liverpool which will keep him at
the club until 2009.
The 25-year-old Norwegian, a member of the team which won the Champions League
final last summer, has followed fellow Istanbul heroes Steven Gerrard, Sami
Hyypia, Jamie Carragher, Djimi Traore and Dietmar Hamann in extending their
contracts at the club this season.
Reds boss manager Rafael Benitez said: 'He's been a good servant, a good
player to have around and a good team-mate.
'He can play in several positions for us and has been outstanding in the near
two seasons I have been here.
'I am delighted he has extended his contract.'
Riise joined Liverpool from Monaco during the summer of 2001 and has been a
key member of the first-team squad ever since.
The left-sided Norway international can operate in midfield or defence and has
so far scored 23 goals in 235 appearances during his time at Anfield.
Benitez added: 'He is a dedicated player, very professional and he has a
great mentality. His attitude is first class. He trains well and works hard
'He has always done a good job for Liverpool, whether at left-back or in left
midfield, and it's great news that we can include him in our plans for the