Wednesday 21 March 2018

John Arne Riise tells the story of Liverpool’s blistering start against Hoffenheim

Liverpool surged to a 3-0 lead – and Riise went nuts.

Emre Can celebrates, Riise and his tweets
Emre Can celebrates, Riise and his tweets

By Edd Dracott

Liverpool got off to a blistering start against Hoffenheim in their Champions League play-off round.

The Reds surged to a 3-0 lead within just 21 minutes at Anfield, and the start sent fans wild but there was one fan shouting loudest on Twitter who you might like to hear from – Jon Arne Riise.

The left back played a whopping 348 games for Liverpool and won the Champions League with them in 2005 – so it’s unsurprising the Norwegian is something of a fan.

For Liverpool’s latest exploits in Europe, a deflected finish from Emre Can as he ran onto Sadio Mane’s neat back-heel gave them the lead.

Can scores the first goal of the game

Naturally Riise was over the moon.

But, just eight minutes later, there was cause for celebration again – as Georginio Wijnaldum’s shot bounced off the post and into the path of predatory new signing Mohamed Salah.

Salah celebrates the second goal

Hold up though John, there’s more.

Within three minutes it was Can, the 23-year-old German, who pounced onto Roberto Firmino’s clipped ball to the back post – after the Brazilian had ran onto another back-heel from Mane.

Can celebrates the third

If there’s one thing that pleases a 36-year-old Norwegian football retiree – it’s silky football by Liverpool.

If only every game had this running commentary…

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