Tuesday 21 August 2018

Liverpool's Jose Enrique feels 'alienated' and Mario Balotelli could join Premier League rival

Liverpool's Jose Enrique
Liverpool's Jose Enrique

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool left back Jose Enrique says he has joined Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini in being ‘alienated’ by manager Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers wants the trio to leave the club before the transfer window closes, all three informed they are not part of his short-term or long-term plans.

Enrique, signed from Newcastle under Kenny Dalglish in 2011, has suffered numerous injuries problems and dips in form over the last three seasons.

He has rejected several offers because none match the financial package or status of being described as a Liverpool player, and has admitted he’s rebuffed approaches to return to Spain because of the differences in 'the economy' of both countries.

“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,” said Enrique, in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca.

“I had a very good option to return to Spain, but is complicated because the economy is very different from what exists here.”

West Bromwich Albion are among those showing interest in Enrique, but he has suggested being able to describe himself as a Liverpool player is too much to give away, even though he has little chance of featuring for the last year of his contract.

“What I think is that I will not play in a team better than this,” he said. “Liverpool are a match for Manchester United.

“It is true we haven't won the league for many years, but we must not forget that we have won five European Cups.

“I'm in a difficult position.

“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.

“But if a good offer came (elsewhere) with more years of contract and more chance to play, I'd look at it.”

The odds on Mario Balotelli joining fellow Italian Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City have slashed after the striker was spotted at the Foxes’ Belvoir Drive training ground yesterday.

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