Liverpool’s Best Ever Foreign XI

John Arne Riise (Left-back)

LFC Career: 2001-2008
Apps/goals: 348/31
Honours: 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 European Cup
Armed with arguably the most explosive left-foot in the modern game, Norwegian left-back (and sometime left-midfielder) John Arne Riise enthralled Reds fans during his seven-year stint at Anfield. Signed from French side Monaco, Riise swiftly became a fan favourite after a thunderous free-kick against fierce rivals Manchester United three months after his arrival. The flame-haired full-back played his part in Liverpool’s thrilling Champions League Final comeback of 2005, providing the cross from which Steven Gerrard headed Liverpool’s first goal. In addition to scoring the fast goal in League Cup Final history (after 45 seconds against Chelsea in 2005), Riise managed to convert a successful penalty in the side’s FA Cup Final shootout with West Ham United in 2006.

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15 responses to “Liverpool’s Best Ever Foreign XI”

  1. Dave says:

    Don’t recognize the Striker you have chosen as the best foreigner in that role…


  2. Sarkie says:

    Agreed, Ian Rush was miles better, he is a legend, both times.

  3. Nathan Pardoe says:

    Obviously Ian Rush is much better, however this is the best foreign team – despite Wales being full of sheep-shagging in-breads they are still part of the UK! You numpty!!

  4. lau says:

    Thought Rush is Welsh and Welsh is British.

  5. überdrue says:

    How come Fernando Torres is listed as currently playing for LFC?!??

  6. James says:

    Eh, where the hell is Steve Heighway??? Patrick Berger was a very good player but in no way, shape or form was he anywhere near as good as this gifted winger. Had more pace, quality and vision. Ridiculous!

  7. Acer says:

    Are we not missing a Spanish midfield genius? As good as Didi was Xabi was one of the best midfielders on the modern era and should be a shoo in. Good call on Heighway

  8. TPC says:

    I disagree with some. My team would be:
    Keeper Reine
    RB Babel
    LB Reisse
    CB Lawrenson
    CB Hypia
    LM Heighway
    RM Houghton
    CM Alonso
    CM Molby
    CF Aldridge
    CF Torres

    Not sure if Torres and Aldo could play together though, but it would not be long before Aldo gave the lazy shit Fernando a kick up the backside and maybe get the best out of him

  9. matt says:

    heighway and alonso were glaring omissions…but otherwise a good one.

  10. The Duke says:

    Steve Finnan instead of markus babel and i,d take anyone bar that striker even ronnie rosenthal.

  11. Prajwol says:

    Can’t believe there is no John Barnes.

  12. IJH says:

    John Aldridge as striker?

  13. IJH says:

    Barnes isn’t foreign

  14. lfc92 says:

    xabi alonso for cm

  15. Tom Campbell says:

    John Barnes? Did you even read the title of the article to start with?
    As much as Torres should be despised for leaving, he can’t be totally blamed. That falls with Rafa and even more so, Hicks and Gillett. His performances and records blatently show that he deserves to be in this XI.
    Alonso should definitely be there too.