Liverpool legend hails 'exceptional' Enrique

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Former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen has paid tribute to defender Jose Enrique following his impressive start to life at Anfield.

The Spanish full-back joined the Reds for a reported £6 million in August, leaving Newcastle United for Merseyside after four impressive seasons at St. James' Park.

And, ahead of his first meeting against the Magpies since making the move, club legend Hansen has sung the praises of the left back for his accomplished performances as part of the Barclays Premier League's best defence.

"Enrique has really impressed me since moving to Liverpool from Newcastle at the start of the season," wrote Hansen, who named the former Villarreal defender in his 2011 Team of the Year.

"I always knew he was a good player, but he has been exceptional at Anfield.

"Enrique has been consistent, however, and the highest praise you can pay him is that he looks as though he has been at Liverpool forever with his awareness on the ball significantly improving."

For the player himself, the clash against Alan Pardew's side will be a special occasion, and the 25-year-old admits he has no regrets over making the move in the summer transfer window.

"It will be a special game. I had very good moments there and I always gave my best for them. They have amazing fans, it is an amazing city," said Enrique.

"I still love Newcastle and will do all my life. But I play for Liverpool now and I want three points because it is important that we get them.

"I have no regrets over the move. I played four years for Newcastle and gave my best for them and wish the best for them. But I play for Liverpool now and I want the best for us."

The two sides meet at Anfield tonight with one place and one point separating them in the league table.

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