Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has revealed his belief that the club has alienated him and two teammates, with speculation strong that he will be leaving the side this summer.
The left-back was frozen out of Rodgers’ plans last season by the purchase of Alberto Moreno, and the fact that this summer’s new arrival, Joe Gomez, started against Stoke City in the Reds’ Premier League’s opening fixture, looks to have pushed Enrique further down the pecking order.
The three stooges
Amidst reports that he, Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini are training alone as Brendan Rodgers looks to get rid of them from his squad, Enrique has spoken of his uncomfortable position, although he is open to the idea of staying.
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“I'm in a difficult position,” said Enrique, as per the Liverpool Echo.
“The club have alienated Balotelli, Borini and me.
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“I have a year left on my contract and I imagine the club will want to sell, but I still want to stay and fight as I always have.
“But if a good offer came (elsewhere) with more years of contract and more chance to play, I'd look at it.
“I will not give up. I know from experience that football changes from day to night.
“I feel fine after two years with knee discomfort. Plus in the squad here we only have one pure left-back (Alberto Moreno) and I know that if I stay I'll play. I want to prove that some are wrong.”
Of course Enrique’s statement infers that he doesn’t think Gomez will be vying for the left-back spot for long, perhaps he’s of the opinion that the youngster will be pushed forward into more familiar territory as he develops.
In any case though at the moment Rodgers seems to prefer both Moreno and Gomez, and with Enrique having just a year left on his contract it makes sense that Liverpool will try and part ways with him now for some compensation, rather than allow him to leave on a free next summer.
A viable target?
The Spaniard would make for a useful addition to many Premier League sides, with his experience in England’s top-flight sure to aid clubs that require players who have become accustomed to the rigours of the division.
As for Balotelli and Borini, it’s looking increasingly likely that both will be offloaded before the end of the current transfer window.
Fiorentina are known to be on the lookout for a striker and have been mentioned in connection with both men, with Liverpool ready to sell either player providing they are offered adequate cash.
Liverpool fans, do you agree that the club has failed Enrique, Balotelli and Borini? Let us know your thoughts on their respective futures in the comments box below.