Jose Enrique has revealed that he’s in no hurry to leave Liverpool this summer, even though the club have “alienated” him alongside other unwanted players like Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini.
The Spaniard has been with the Reds since moving to Anfield from Newcastle in 2011, but has endured a difficult spell during the last two seasons.
From being a regular starter under Brendan Rodgers in his opening campaign, Enrique has slipped away from the first XI, with the likes of Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order – the former two are not even orthodox left-backs.
Reports have claimed that, following their exclusion from the club’s pre-season plans, the Spanish defender, Balotelli and Borini have been frozen out and told they’re free to leave.
But Enrique has admitted that he is in no hurry to move on and that he’s ready to fight for first-team action, which he sees as realistic:
“I’m in a difficult position,” he is quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “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.
“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 (Moreno) and I know that if I stay I’ll play. I want to prove that some are wrong.
“What I think is that I will not play in a team better than this, Liverpool are a match for Manchester United.”
However, Enrique went on to confess that should the right offer come in he’ll consider a move, but that financial issues have already ruled out one option to return to his homeland:
“If a good offer came (elsewhere) with more years of contract and more chance to play, I’d look at it.
I had a very good option to return to Spain, but is complicated because the economy is very different from what exists here.”