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Jose Enrique insists he is happy to help Alberto Moreno

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Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique has insisted he will only be happy to help fellow Spaniard Alberto Moreno, despite the pair rivalling for the position of left-back.

Enrique joined the Reds from Newcastle United in 2011 and has had the role on the left-hand side of defence pretty much his own way when fit.

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However, with the arrival of £12 million new-boy Moreno from Sevilla, there is now stiff competition between the pair to get their name on manager Brendan Rodgers' team-sheet.

Already settling

Despite the pair competing for the role, Enrique only sees the 22-year-old's arrival as a positive and he looks forward to helping the youngster both improve and settle.

Speaking the the club's official website, Enrique said: "He's [Moreno] settled in really well. I said to him, from the start it can be difficult for a young player - I remember my first year at Newcastle was really, really difficult for me - but he has something I didn't and that's people here who can speak Spanish.

"It's good for him to arrive and get support straight away from people who speak the same language.

"He is getting his chance and against Tottenham he had a fantastic game - and the goal was brilliant."

'I want to play'

"We are a team. Of course I want to play - I am going to fight for my place and I want it back, like everyone else does in the team. But we are humans and I know how difficult it is when you go away from home.

"Moreno is a great lad as well and I've got along with him from the start. I wish him the best.

"It's our job and I want to play, that's the reality, but I am going to help him, like I have already, with anything he needs.

"We want the same thing - Liverpool to try and win the league, be in the Champions League again next year and try to win something this season. We are fighting for the same thing - we're not here to fight between each other!"

Good start

Moreno has had a solid start so far for his new club. Despite making a mistake on his debut for Manchester City's first goal in the 3-1 away defeat, the youngster didn't do much else wrong throughout the rest of the game.

However, Moreno was hard on himself and believed he had a point to prove - that started during Liverpool's next game against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Spanish International was like a rock at the back  and Spurs' right flank struggled to beat him. Moreno also offered his full services going forward and combined his abilities to net his first goal for Liverpool.

He dispossessed Andros Townsend in the Liverpool half before driving at the home side's defence and slotting past Hugo Lloris smartly from a tight angle.

That type of form has very much guaranteed him a start for Liverpool's next game against Aston Villa on Saturday, regarding he stays fit.

Happy for game time

However, Enrique was more than pleased to have just stepped on the pitch at White Hart Lane. The 28-year-old missed most of last season with a series of injuries, but made his return to competitive action when coming on for the last five minutes against Spurs.

On his performance, Enrique said: "For me, it was a really, really happy moment, even if I just played five minutes. It was really important for me to come back into a competitive game against Tottenham.

"The win was really good. From a possible nine points we have picked up six and have played against two teams who are going to fight for the same things, more or less, in Manchester City and Tottenham.

"I think we can be really happy with it."

Now he has regained full fitness, the former Newcastle man is prepared to fight to regain his former regular slot at left-back with Moreno and knows it will take plenty of hard work to do so.

Fighting chance

Despite Enrique potentially spending another year from the sidelines, he is capable of getting the nod over Moreno.

Enrique, when he was consistently in the Liverpool side, was always a solid player for the Reds. His commitment is second to none and is like an ox when defending due to his strength.

The Spaniard also offers plenty going forward - always on the overlap when the Merseyside club are on the attack and he also has excellent passing abilities.

Liverpool competing in the Champions League also will likely see Enrique get his chance at Anfield. With Liverpool potentially playing twice a week a lot this season, Rodgers will want to rest his best players for the tough games.

Enrique could be given the nod in lesser games in the Premier League is Liverpool have a tough European tie approaching with Moreno left on the bench.

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