Riise does not rule out return

Image: Riise: Spent six successful years at Anfield

Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise has refused to rule out a return to Anfield.

Norwegian left-back also linked with Marseille move

Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise has refused to rule out a return to Anfield. The Norwegian will enter the final year of his contract at Roma in June and the Italian club could listen to offers as a consequence. Reports have suggested that Kenny Dalglish could look to sign Riise, who departed Liverpool when Rafa Benitez was manager in 2008, as a solution at left-back. The position is a problem for the Merseysiders, with England right-back Glen Johnson currently acting as cover, and they have been linked with an audacious move for Everton's Leighton Baines.

Heart

UEFA Champions League-winner Riise, at the age of 30, seems a less likely candidate, but he said: "I am flattered by reports linking me with a return to England. "Liverpool are close to my heart. They are a great club and I have some good memories. "I have a contract here until June 2012, so you never know." Marseille are also said to be tracking Riise, who played for Monaco before joining Liverpool in 2002, as a replacement for reported AC Milan target Taye Taiwo. Riise said: "I love France as well. I played in Monaco and also enjoyed my time there."

Around Sky