After five seasons and 98 appearances for Liverpool, Jose Enrique has been released by the club.
The Liverpool Echo have confirmed the news that was circulating on social media this morning, much to the delight of Liverpool fans.
The 30-year-old left-back has only featured three times for the Reds this season and he was out of contract in the summer. But Liverpool seemingly couldn’t wait until July and have released him with immediate effect ahead of the end of the season.
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The Spaniard was signed from Newcastle in 2011 for £5 million and, initially, seemed to be a decent signing for the club. He only missed three Premier League matches during his debut campaign at Anfield as Liverpool finished in a disappointing eighth place.
In 2012/13, he was first choice left-back once again but his side endured another poor campaign as they came seventh. That was to be Enrique’s last season playing regular first-team football at Liverpool as he has made just 12 league appearances in the following three years.
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Jon Flanagan was preferred for much of the next campaign as Brendan Rodgers’ side came close to winning the league title while Alberto Moreno was signed in 2014 to keep Enrique very much on the fringes.
Since arriving in October, Klopp has seemingly got the best out of Moreno and the German boss has given Enrique just one start - against Exeter in the FA Cup.
Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight at hearing that the defender has left their club. It was reported that Enrique was picking up £65,000-per-week and Kopites were often frustrated with his constant social media updates when he should have been concentrating on trying to get back into the first-team.
When thinking of Enrique’s Liverpool career, it’s difficult to select many highlights. He often linked-up well with former teammate Luis Suarez and occasionally picked out the Uruguayan with some great passes - one that many Liverpool supporters will remember is his 50-yard pass against Newcastle which saw Suarez skilfully bring the ball down before finishing.
But, judging by the Twitter comments Liverpool fans don’t have any fond memories of Enrique and are more than happy to see the back of him.
The news of his release comes in the same week that Liverpool have been heavily linked with a potential replacement in Leicester’s Ben Chilwell. The 19-year-old is highly rated at the King Power Stadium and is reportedly set to snub Arsenal in favour of joining Klopp’s side.