Liverpool defender Jose Enrique says that he will fight to make the left-back position his own at Anfield this season, according to Sky Sports.
The Spanish player retained his place in Liverpool’s defeat at home to Arsenal last weekend after Reds manager Brendan Rodgers’ experimented playing Glen Johnson at left-back in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with champions Manchester City.
However, Enrique insists he was not deterred by being dropped to the substitutes bench for the City game and sees competition for places as healthy, “It’s a good thing because before there was just myself and Jack Robinson.”
Liverpool signed Enrique in August 2011 from Newcastle United and was one of the stand-out performers in what was otherwise a disappointing season under Kenny Dalglish at Merseyside. Enrique admits he has never been happier at Liverpool, “I want to stay here because it is an amazing club and every player dreams of being here. I’ve played in English football for five years and it’s amazing to play here.”
The 26-year-old also admits that he has been impressed by Brendan Rodgers’ approach since the Liverpool chief left Swansea in the summer, “The manager gives us simple instructions. He says more things during the week than he does in pre-match team talks. He has tried to instruct and improve every player and I think this is a good thing because everyone is still learning. I still make mistakes so I have to learn.”
It is likely that Enrique will start at Sunderland a week tomorrow as the uncapped defender will be fresh from not being considered for international duty with Spain.