Jonas Gutierrez says he is trying to convince Jose Enrique to stay at Newcastle, as a huge offer looms from Liverpool.
Enrique, Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini have been dubbed the ‘Three Amigos’ for their close relationship both on and off the field, and Gutierrez is hoping Enrique decides against a move to Liverpool.
“It is very important for me to have those guys around me, more outside the pitch than on the pitch,” Gutierrez told The Journal.
“But on the pitch, what I have down the left side with José is something no other Premier League team has. It is a very special relationship.
“We have an amazing understanding, almost telepathic. Having José playing the way he does is brilliant for me and because we get on so well, we know what each other is thinking.”
Gutierrez goes to far as to rate the Liverpool target, valued by the BBC at £15 million, as one of the best current left backs in the English game.
“He is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, right up there with (Ashley) Cole, (Patrice) Evra and (Gaël) Clichy,” he said.
“He is only young so is going to get even stronger.
“As long as he keeps thinking he has to learn more and more, there is every chance he will be in the Spanish national team very soon.
“He has all the qualities to be there, he just needs to fine-tune his game.”
While Gutierrez highly rates his teammate, so does Kenny Dalglish, with the Liverpool manager reportedly already having discussed a deal with the left back.
Liverpool legend Phil Thompson, a close friend of Dalglish’s, recently claimed on a Norwegian TV station that a deal for Enrique to make the move to Merseyside had already been agreed to.
“From what I've heard, yes the deal has been done and he will come to Liverpool,” Thompson told Norwegian station TV2.
“It'll be interesting because he's done very well. He had a difficult first season coming into the Premier League a couple of years ago but he really understands the game now.
“He's one of those full backs who is good going forward but he's also a good defender and I think that is the main thing.”
Gutierrez was yesterday ruled out for the season, after taking a minor knock in last Sunday's match up against Chelsea.