Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Enrique targets silverware

Jose Enrique

New Liverpool signing Jose Enrique is determined to make the most of his opportunity to play at a "big" club and has set his sights on winning the Barclays Premier League title with the Reds.

The Spanish left-back completed his £6million move from Newcastle in time to be considered for Saturday's season-opener at home to Sunderland. Although he has a full pre-season with the Magpies behind him it would represent something of a gamble for manager Kenny Dalglish to throw him into the side after just one training session.

But Enrique, who was in the last year of his contract at St James' Park and had told the club he would not be renewing it, is keen to get things started. The 25-year-old said: "In Spain there is a saying, 'When the train comes in, you have to take it'. This is the first time a big club has come in for me and I had to take it (the opportunity)."

He added: "I have come to one of the biggest clubs not just in England, but in the world. This is one of the happiest days of my life.

"My ambition is win everything with Liverpool. This year we won't play in the Champions League, so the most important thing is to try to win the league."

Enrique is Dalglish's fifth summer signing, following Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Alexander Doni. Those signings, and the January acquisitions of former Newcastle team-mate Andy Carroll and Uruguay's Copa America winner Luis Suarez, convinced the defender his future lies at Anfield.

"The club have won a lot of things, including the Champions League," he said on www.liverpoolfc.tv. "They have amazing players and I hope to win things here."

Director of football Damien Comolli believes Enrique will be Liverpool's final signing before the end of the transfer window.

"You can never say never, but it is likely," he said when asked whether there would be any more arrivals.

"I am convinced we were right in what we wanted to do. We've strengthened all the areas we wanted to strengthen with quality."

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