Liverpool legend John Arne Riise joins Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC

John Arne Riise chats to Helen and Fenners on the Soccer AM sofa

Former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise has returned to the Indian Super League (ISL), joining Marco Materazzi’s Chennaiyin FC for the forthcoming season.

Riise appeared as a studio guest on Soccer AM earlier this month and said he was keen to return to playing after appearing to announce his retirement in June following a spell with hometown club Aalesunds FK.

The 35-year-old, who won the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League during a seven-year spell at Liverpool, played in last season's ISL, helping Delhi Dynamos reach the semi-finals.

"Back in June I decided to take a break from football but I always kept the door open for a return," Riise said.

John Arne Riise Delhi
Image: Riise played 15 games for Delhi Dynamos in last year's ISL

"After speaking to Marco I found the motivation again to work hard so I would like to thank Marco and the Chennaiyin FC owners for believing in me.

"Marco especially had a big influence in my decision. I am honoured to have the chance to play and work under Marco. Working closely with him will be a great experience for me for my future coaching career also.

John Arne Riise recreates his famous free-kick against Man Utd

"I had a very interesting experience last year in India but this year I am more prepared and more excited and can't wait to get started with Chennaiyin FC and help them retain the ISL trophy."

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Materzazzi, who guided Chennaiyin to their first ISL title last year, added: "John has had a fantastic career already and was very consistent in last year's ISL. He will be a very important player for us both on and off the pitch."

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