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Jose Enrique would welcome left-back competition

Enrique would welcome the competition (©GettyImages)
Enrique would welcome the competition (©GettyImages).

In light of rumours linking Valencia's Aly Cissokho with Liverpool, Jose Enrique has welcomed the possibility of Brendan Rodgers adding to his squad depth in the left-back position.

As youngster Jack Robinson has been loaned out to Blackpool, Rodgers is left with Enrique as the only recognised left-back in his current squad.

Whilst Stewart Downing was deployed there several times last season, his defensive stint was largely unsuccessful.

Downing has also been linked with a £5 million move further north to Newcastle United which would further decrease his options at left-back.

Glen Johnson was also used as cover during Enrique's time on the sidelines but this subsequently left a gap at the right-back position, in which Andre Wisdom was sometimes played.

Whilst Wisdom performed adequately, he is arguably not currently the quality of defender Liverpool need to push for Champions League. Wisdom is also best utilised as a central defender, where he performed so well at a youth level for the Anfield club.

Social networking site Twitter exploded with links of Cissokho being loaned to Liverpool in early August.

It was rumoured that the French defender had agreed terms with the Reds for a season-long loan.

After a prolonged silence, it later emerged that the move is stalling as Valencia push for a higher fee if Liverpool select the option to make his loan deal permanent. 

Rumours have since cooled but Rodgers has publicly stated his desire to strengthen the left-back position.

Enrique told the official club website: "Of course, you need two players in every position.

"If I was injured last year we were playing Glen Johnson on the left. We know Glen, he can play anywhere, but you need two players for any position. He will be more than welcome."

The Reds have yet to concede a goal in pre-season, winning all of their five summer fixtures at home and abroad whilst also scoring 13 goals in the process.

"It's good to start with and it's important in pre-season to try to play well," the number three said.

"We're doing well at the moment. There are still a few games before the season starts again and hopefully we can continue like this.

Speaking on Liverpool's summer signing Kolo Toure, the Spaniard said: "Kolo Toure is a type of player like Carra - an experienced player and talks all the time.

"It's nice to have a player like that at the back because he is talking all the time and helping you. It's good."

Speaking about Rodgers decision to implement double training sessions on several days since the squad returned to Melwood at the beginning of July, Enrique has said he expects beneficial effects.

He concluded: "I think it has been quite hard, to be honest. It is one of the hardest pre-seasons I've ever had, but it has been good. Hopefully that will help in the league games and we can win."

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