Jose Enrique is ready to fight for his first team place at Anfield, despite the recent arrival of fellow Spanish full back Alberto Moreno, reports the Liverpool’s official website.
Enrique made his first Premier League appearance in almost 12 months when introduced as a late substitute in the 3-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday, but it was Moreno who stole the headlines with a fantastic solo goal.
But Enrique insists he is ready to perform when called upon, claiming he has the backing of manager Brendan Rodgers.
“After so long out it was great to be back playing,” he said. “The only problem was that once I got warm the game was finished!
“I know I have to go little by little and be patient.
“Moreno did really well and scored an amazing goal. For me the best thing about it was the pressing to win the ball back. That was half of the goal. How he finished was unbelievable.
“The most important thing is that we are a team. This is a team sport and we all have to fight to make this team better. Hopefully we can do even better than last season.
“I will have my chances. I know I have the confidence of the manager so I’m happy about that.”
Enrique came on to replace Raheem Sterling in the dying minutes of Sunday’s game, and had words of praise for the teenager after another man of the match performance.
“Raheem is one of the best young players in the world for sure,” he said.
“He’s doing unbelievably well for us. I think this season he’s going to score 15 goals or more. We’ve already told him that.
“He’s going to make a massive impact in this team.
“He’s still young but you can see over the past two years just how much he has improved.
“Everyone was talking before about how he doesn’t make many assists or score many goals but this season he’s got two already.
“Now he’s adding goals to his game he’s a massive player for us.”