Liverpool left-back takes a hit at Manager Brendan Rodgers

Jose Enrique criticizes coach Brendan Rodgers for alienating him, along with Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini.

The former Newcastle man signed for the Merseyside club exactly four years ago today, and to celebrate his achievement, the Spaniard slammed Rodgers for ostracizing him at Anfield. Jose Enrique was left out from Liverpool squad in their pre-season tour to Australia and far east along with Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli. He also failed to book a spot in the Reds lineup in their season opening win against Stoke City, with coach Rodgers preferring to play young Joe Gomez instead.

The 29-year-old defender, who is entering final year of his contract at Liverpool, however promised to stay at the club and compete for the starting place, despite interest from West Bromwich Albion.

“I’m in a difficult position,” Enrique said. “The club have alienated Balotelli, Borini and me. 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. 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,” he said. “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.”

“What I think is that I will not play in a team better than this,” he said. “Liverpool are a match for Manchester United. I had a very good option to return to Spain, but [it] is complicated because the economy is very different from what exists here. The only teams that can deal with what is paid in England are Real Madrid and Barcelona, so I would love to stay here until my legs stop me.”