Ipswich's Jonathan Parr reveals the Ex-Liverpool star he idolised

Jonathan Parr has named John Arne Riise as the player that he learnt from, whilst looking to claim the Norwegian left-back spot as his own.

34-year-old Riise is Norway’s record cap holder, with 110, but he retired from international duty in 2013, and Ipswich man Parr is looking to claim the left-back vacancy with impressive performances at club level.

The 25-year-old has won just nine caps for the Norwegians since making his debut in 2010, with Riise blocking his path to the first-team, but he told Green’Un24 that playing with Riise has been ‘great’ for him.

The former Crystal Palace man said: “In one way it has been great for me, playing my first games for Norway and being able to learn from him.

“He is not playing there at the moment, he has retired from the national team and the position is open to take and I am hoping I can keep on playing well at Ipswich and get my chance.”

Riise is best known for his seven-year spell in the Premier League with Liverpool, with whom he won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Champions League. He has a reputation for scoring a number of impressive goals, with his long-range free-kick taking praised by all corners of the media. He currently plays for Cypriot side APOEL, having spent spells with Roma and Fulham following his departure from Anfield in 2008.

Having passed the 100-cap mark for his country, he stepped down from international duty in 2013, and Parr is looking to fill the void left by the Reds legend.

He added: “Playing for Norway is an absolute ambition of mine and I have been involved for pretty much the last five years when I have not been injured, but I never really got a chance to play every game or settle in the team.”

Despite not being involved in Per-Mathias Høgmo’s squad for the ongoing Euro 2016 qualifiers, Parr will be hoping that Ipswich’s strong form in the Championship, in which they occupy the play-off places, will see him selected for inclusion in the coming months.

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