Monday 24 October 2016

Enrique vows to fight for Reds future

Jose Enrique has vowed to stay and fight for his Liverpool future
Jose Enrique has vowed to stay and fight for his Liverpool future

Jose Enrique has vowed to stay and fight for his Liverpool future - and is convinced he will be given the opportunity to play this season.

Enrique admits he has been "alienated" by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers after joining Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini in being left out of pre-season preparations with the senior squad.

The 29-year-old, who is entering the final year of his contract at Anfield, has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Enrique didn't even make the matchday squad for the opening weekend win at Stoke City with teenage newcomer Joe Gomez starting at left-back and Alberto Moreno on the bench.

He has also upset a large number of supporters with his regular updates of his social activities on Instagram and Twitter, the latest of which was his mini-golf expedition to the Trafford Centre this week.

But the Spaniard believes the lack of experienced options in the position means he will feature for the first-team in the coming months.

"I'm in a difficult position," said Enrique. "The club have alienated Balotelli, Borini and me.

"I have a year left on my contract and I imagine the club will want to sell, but I still want to stay and fight as I always have. But if a good offer came (elsewhere) with more years of contract and more chance to play, I'd look at it. I know that if I stay I'll play

"I will not give up. I know from experience that football changes from day to night.

"I feel fine after two years with knee discomfort. Plus in the squad here we only have one pure left-back (Alberto Moreno) and I know that if I stay I'll play. I want to prove that some are wrong."

Enrique - who made only nine appearances last season and hasn't featured for the first team since January - accepts any move away from Anfield will be a step down in his career.

"What I think is that I will not play in a team better than this," he said. "Liverpool are a match for Manchester United.

"It is true we haven't won the league for many years, but we must not forget that we have won five European Cups.

"I had a very good option to return to Spain, but is complicated because the economy is very different from what exists here.

"The only teams that can deal with what is paid in England are Real Madrid and Barcelona, so I would love to stay here until my legs stop me."

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