JOHN Arne Riise admits his time at Anfield was the best in his career - but will be out to show Liverpool what they're missing on Monday night.
The Fulham full-back faces his former club for the first time since returning to England in the summer when the Reds come to Craven Cottage.
Riise made more than 300 appearances during a seven-year spell at Anfield, scooping five trophies before being sold to Roma in 2008.
However, the Norwegian insists he has unfinished business in the Premier League, and is hell-bent on pushing the Whites up the table by getting one over his old club.
He said: “I felt those seven years were the best seven years of my career.
“I was lucky enough to come into a squad who had just won the treble in 2000/2001 and it just went on from there, winning the the Champions League and the FA Cup and the Carling Cup and stuff was like a dream come true.
“It was hard to leave, I had a lot of friends there and I got to love the club and it's supporters. I just left because that was my choice and I didn't have much choice to stay if I wanted to improve as a player and play.
“But it was always in my mind that I wanted to return to the Premier League. So after two years it was quite an easy decision to come back.
“I have heard people say that they haven't really replaced me but that is not my concern. If they wanted me back they could have made an effort.
“I know a few of the fans wanted me back but I hadn't heard anything and it wasn't even an issue because what's happened has gone.”
Riise almost signed for Fulham 10 years ago, but chose Liverpool instead. However, he insists he's glad he finally made the move to SW6.
“It was very close,” he added, “but I ended up with Liverpool and I do not regret my decision there because what I've experienced and the games I played in.
“And I don't regret going here now. I'm very happy here.”
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