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Liverpool competition is good, says Enrique

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Enrique signed from Newcastle a few years ago (©GettyImages)
Enrique signed from Newcastle a few years ago (©GettyImages).

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has welcomed the increased competition for places at Anfield this summer after heavy recruitment over the summer.

Anfield arrivals included Mamadou Sakho, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Tiago Ilori, Victor Moses, Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure and Alhy Cissokho.

The last of those, Cissokho, will be in direct competition with the Spaniard for the left-back duties this season.

The French defender arrives at Anfield on loan from Spanish club Valencia and is known for his pace and power

However, despite the increased pressure for places, Enrique is looking forward to the fight.

He told the official Liverpool website: "The competition is very good for us. We also have Aly [Cissokho] as well, although he is injured now.

"It takes the maximum from you and with the manager, the players who deserve to play and do well will play for him. It's important to have someone behind you that you know could take your place."

The Reds lost a major player in the heart of their defence this season with the retirement of Jamie Carragher, who, however, incidentally admitted the other day on live television that he didn't always get on with Enrique due to his playing style.

Sakho is the man charged with replacing Carragher and Enrique believes that he could build a stronger partnership with the former PSG centre-back.

"I spoke with him a couple of days ago [after Swansea]. He's a great guy and I really, really like him as a player.

"He did well on Monday, but of course he hadn't played for two months. You can see with the ball he is good, in the air he is very, very good and I really liked playing alongside him.

"He'll have to learn a little bit more English for the main words you have to know as a defender. This is really important for communication, but he is a top player."

Liverpool have made a great start to the season and are top after four games, they lost Southampton this weekend.

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