Date: 17th May 2011 at 8:28am
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Liverpool have been heavily linked with signing Newcastle’s Spanish left-back, Jose Enrique for a long time now with Phil Thompson suggesting that a deal had already been agreed between the two clubs for the player. But Newcastle were quick to come out and say that no deal has been agreed at all. But that has not stopped the speculation continuing as everyone knows that Liverpool will be going into the market to sign a left-back this summer.

Now Enrique has come out and denied any claims that he is talking to Liverpool over a potential summer move.
“Liverpool is a big club but I am not negotiating with them at the moment, I am calm at Newcastle,” he told Radio Marca.

“My dream is to play for the Spain national side and I think that I have a chance.

“I have improved as a footballer since my arrival to England. The Premier League is more competitive than La Liga and I have not received offers to return to Spain.

“The referees in England are not so strict on the field because they permit more action.”

There is no doubting that Enrique would be a decent signing for Liverpool if the deal does go ahead and playing for Liverpool would only enhance his dreams of playing for the Spanish national team as we are a more high profile club than Newcastle. But I feel that Liverpool should not drag on over the signing of Enrique, if Newcastle do not want to sell him and if he does not want to come to Liverpool then we should kiss this deal goodbye and look at other options at left-back as I believe Liverpool can sign a higher quality left-back than Enrique.

Namely, Leyton Baines from Everton would be my first choice signing for left-back but chances are very slim that Everton would be willing to sell their star player to their rival. But if they are shown the right amount of money, I think Everton may be tempted to sell him.

There is also the Portuguese left-back, Fabio Coentrao who many fans would love to see play for Liverpool. Coentrao is rated as one of the best left-backs in Europe and it is no surprise that the top teams all want him. He would cost easily in the £20 million region, but that is the kind of marque signing Liverpool need to make this summer to build a team of world class players.

As much as I do not think that Liverpool would pursue the speculation linking them with Arsenal’s Gael Clichy, I believe that Clichy is a better left-back than Enrique.

So we should not be down beat if we miss out on signing Enrique, it could just mean we get a better left-back than him if we do not sign him.