Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Enrique aims for top four

Jose Enrique
Jose Enrique

New Liverpool defender Jose Enrique is targeting a top four finish this season and hopes his move to Anfield will bring him international recognition.

The Spaniard made his debut against Sunderland on Saturday just over 24 hours after completing a £6million move from Newcastle. Enrique made a quietly confident start to his Reds career but knows he and his new team-mates will have to perform much better if they are to break back into the top four having missed out for the last two seasons.

"We want to get back into the top four this season and if we could win the Premier League that would be fantastic, but we have to be realistic," he told liverpoolfc.tv.

"A lot of teams have spent a lot of money and for me this league is the most competitive one in the world.

"Seven teams could finish in the top four but we want to be there and we will do everything we can to make that possible.

"In the first half (against Sunderland) we played some unbelievable stuff and we need to do that for 90 minutes. If we can do that then we can beat anyone."

The 25-year-old Enrique is seen as the solution in what has been a long-term problem position for Liverpool and is certain to come under more scrutiny than he did at St James' Park.

However, he hopes that will work to his advantage as he still harbours ambitions to break into the national side.

"It would be fantastic to get into the Spain squad because for every player it's a dream to play for your country," he said.

"But my first priority is Liverpool and helping us get back into the top four this year."

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