Riise: No bad blood with Bell

BY foxsports • November 11, 2011

The pair were team-mates at Liverpool four years ago when a team-bonding trip to Portugal resulted in an angry confrontation, with Bellamy wielding a golf club at his colleague. Both men attempted to make light of the situation in the immediate aftermath, with Bellamy swinging an imaginary golf club after netting in a UEFA Champions League clash with Barcelona. Since then the duo have gone their separate ways, with Riise now at Fulham and Bellamy back at Anfield following stints at West Ham, Manchester City and Cardiff. They will go head-to-head for the first time on opposing sides this weekend when Riise's Norway take on Bellamy's Wales in an international friendly. Riise claims he is looking forward to the game and is adamant that there is no bad blood between him and his former team-mate. "I've always been alright with Bellamy," said the full-back. "What happened in Portugal a few years ago happened. But that's not the Bellamy I know and we shook hands quite quickly after that and settled it. "I look forward to seeing him again. It could be a nice little friendship again." While Riise will be charged with the task of trying to keep Bellamy quiet, it is Tottenham winger Gareth Bale who is likely to pose the biggest threat to Norway. Riise lined up against the Welshman in Premier League competition last weekend and saw Bale inspire Spurs to a 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage. "There is no left-sided player better than him at the moment," he added. "He has a great left foot, he is strong and quick and can cross. You think you are going to be close to him and then he just runs past you and scores a goal. "He works really hard and he is not a big celebrity. He just gets on with his job and you have to respect that."


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