Enrique the signing of the summer

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Amid the raft of new signings at Anfield, only one of the seven new names didn't raise an eyebrow on Merseyside; Jose Enrique.

The remainder of the new faces were brought in to assist the Reds' plight at the top end of the pitch, and not in the case of Alexander Doni or Sebastian Coates, were household names to the Merseyside faithful.

Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Craig Bellamy were all signings to bring the excitement back at Liverpool following a dire spell under Roy Hodgson. Furthermore, the modern day fan seldom gets excited about defensive signings.

Hindsight may be a wonderful thing, but in fact the recruiting of Enrique was the shrewdest move of Kenny Dalglish's spending spree.

Others, especially Downing and Adam, have wavered from the brilliant to the average on too many occasions this term, while the infrequent appearances of Bellamy means his has never been over a sustained period so to affect the club's inconsistency. Henderson meanwhile, is still discovering where his best position is.

Enrique has reverted to type. At Newcastle he stayed loyal, helping the club out of the Championship with performances as metronomic as The Toon's style of play that season. Despite the step up, Enrique has looked at home in Liverpool's problem left-back position to the extent that Vicente del Bosque's continued neglect of the 26-year-old now appears baffling.

What probably made the signing of the Spaniard perhaps even more underwhelming from a fans perspective was now necessary it was to make. As oppose to Adam or Bellamy, luxury signings on the face of it, Enrique filled a gap eight players failed to make their own in the previous campaign.

Along with the necessity, the fee involved with the transfer of Enrique would hardly have got pulses racing either. Newcastle allowed him to leave for £6 million, exactly the same amount they paid Villarreal for his services in 2007. But bar the signing of Demba Ba at the Sports Direct Arena, you'll struggle to find better value during last summer.

Without doubt Enrique has been, bar Martin Skrtel, the club's most consistent performer over the duration of this season, and amid a series of woeful displays, that should be the least Liverpool fans should be demanding.

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