Liverpool’s Jose Enrique lifts lid on his return from injury
Jose Enrique targets a return to Liverpool's starting line-up after putting his injury nightmare behind him
Jose Enrique is targeting a return to first-team action with Liverpool as he aims to put his injury nightmare behind him.
The 28-year-old was sidelined for most of last season with an ongoing knee problem and was limited to just eight appearances in all competitions.
Enrique made his return to action when he came on as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
And the Spaniard is now determined to earn his place back in the Reds’ starting line-up, despite the arrival of fresh competition from summer signing Alberto Moreno.
“It was difficult,” Enrique is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. “I didn’t know at which point I’d be back, so psychologically it was really hard for me.
I feel like a child right now, I am so happy
“Luckily, this is all in the past. I am fit again, I’ve been good and I’m now hopefully injury-free again.
“I’ve always appreciated football, I’ve always loved training and I’ve always loved playing even more.
“But now, every time I go into training, I am like a child getting back with the team.
“Last year, I came to train alone all of the time while my teammates were outside. For a long time, I was alone and training in the gym because I was injured.
“Now I am training with my teammates again, I feel like the happiest guy in the world. I want to play, but I am so happy just to be back and training.
“It is true what they say in life, when something happens to you, you appreciate things more. That’s what’s happened to me.
“We had a friendly at Melwood recently and I looked forward to it like it was a Premier League game. Ten months without playing is a long, long time.
“I have been training every day, but games are completely different, so these types of friendlies are fantastic. I feel like a child right now, I am so happy.
“Even in my personal life, I am so happy right now. I feel really happy here.”