Liverpool legend John Aldridge believes that Jose Enrique was one of the best investments Kenny Dalglish made in the summer transfer window, with the manager finally finding a star to fill the left-back position in the Reds’ line up.
Enrique signed for Liverpool in early August, and has starred for the club since, as the Reds aim to steal a place in the top four and make the Champions League for the first time since 2010.
And Aldridge, who played for Liverpool in the 1980s glory days alongside Dalglish, believes that the side are a lot better off now they have Enrique on board.
“Every time I see Jose Enrique play he impresses me,” Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.
“The Spanish left-back seems to grow in confidence with every game and he was great against Manchester United.
“He’s very solid defensively, physically strong and has got great quality going forward. In general we defended really well as a unit and it was just a pity we went to sleep from a corner and paid the price.”
Liverpool had their chances to steal a win from United at the weekend, but the game resulted in a 1-1 draw. Ferguson didn’t start his top forwards for the match, and Aldridge believes that this showed how much respect the legendary manager has for the Liverpool squad.
“Alex Ferguson paid Liverpool tremendous respect with the team he put out on Saturday,” he explained.
“He set his stall out to come to Anfield and nick a point. Thanks to some good fortune he got what he wanted.
“I’ve never seen United approach a game against Liverpool like that. By playing Phil Jones in a holding midfield role alongside Darren Fletcher, United were never going to pose much of a threat going forward. They simply set out to stop Liverpool playing.
“The bench they had was formidable with Rooney, Nani, Hernandez, Carrick and Valencia but Ferguson filled the team full of grinders. United had been bullied at Anfield in recent years. In March they were outplayed and outfought and Ferguson clearly feared a repeat.”
Liverpool have now not lost in their last four games, and will be hoping to continue their good form when the Anfield club take on Rangers in a friendly tonight, followed by Norwich next weekend.