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Liverpool star Jose Enrique proves to be totally useless at baseball on US tour

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Liverpool are one of a host of English Premier League teams currently on preseason duty in the United States and, as is customary on these now annual trips to North America, one Anfield star took time out to try his hand at one of the US' most popular sports - baseball.

Left back José Enrique, fresh of the back of an appearance in Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Roma at the Boston Red Sox's famous Fenway Park ball park, took to the batting cages and lets just say the results weren't pretty.

Swing and a miss

Facing three fast balls, the Spaniard managed a swing and a miss on the first two before connecting with his final attempt, although a contract with an MLB franchise looks some way off yet.

José Enrique isn't the first EPL star to have go at America's most beloved sport. Tottenham's first team squad were involved in a pitching contest earlier this month prior to their own US tour.

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Enrique's role

Jose Enrique didn't seem too downhearted with his efforts with the bat however, posting the following message alongside his video on Instagram:

"Having some fun after the game. I'm so bad at this hahaha."

And the same positive attitude will be required if he is to win back his place in Brendan Rodger's starting line up this season. 

Having had an initially positive impact at Liverpool on arriving from Newcastle in 2011, José Enrique saw his opportunities limited last season as the Anfield side battled for the Premier League title. The left back failed to regain his place from youngster Jon Flanagan after returning from injury in November.

Liverpool's preseason

Liverpool have had a busy close season to date, with Rodgers overseeing several incomings whilst saying goodbye to the club's star man of 2013-14.

The blow of losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona has been softened to an extent by the arrival of former Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana alongside Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.

Perhaps the most positive news for the Liverpool faithful however was captain Steven Gerrard's decision to retire from international football this week, meaning the veteran midfielder will be able to focus fully on his club duty.

Liverpool continue their preseason tour of the United States with a game against Olympiacos on July 27.

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