Photo: Ex-Liverpool defender John Arne Riise thrilled with APOEL move

Photo: Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise takes part in his first APOEL training session

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

John Arne Riise has expressed his delight at sealing a return to Champions League after completing his move to APOEL.

The former Liverpool defender moved to the Cyprus outfit on transfer deadline day after being deemed surplus to requirements at Championship side Fulham.

The Norwegian left-back, 33, won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and was a runner-up when the Reds lost to AC Milan in Athens two years later.

“All focused in my first session with my new team Great teammates who takes care of a new guy really happy with my decision to join APOEL @apoelfcofficial #winners #happy #apoel #nicosia #nr6 #champions #league #cyprus #hard #work #starts #now”

On Monday, Riise admitted the challenge of testing himself at Champions League level convinced the defender to join Apoel from Fulham.

“The main reason for joining APOEL is because they offered me a new challenge,” Riise said.

“The fact they are playing Champions League football and competing for the top titles in Cyprus means they are fulfilling my ambitions as a footballer. It is a big challenge for me to once again play in a top European competition.

“APOEL have presented me with a chance to play in the Champions League again and that makes me really happy as it was something I was not expecting.”

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