Belfast Telegraph

Enrique targeting Champions League

New signing Jose Enrique dreams of making his debut in the Champions League with Liverpool but admits the battle for the top four will be closer than ever this season.

The 25-year-old made his debut for the Reds in last weekend's opening match of the Barclays Premier League against Sunderland, just over 24 hours after completing his £6million transfer from Newcastle. He enjoyed a solid debut at left-back in which the team dominated the Black Cats in the first half but faded after the break and had to settle for a draw.

Enrique said part of the reason of moving to a big club like Liverpool was the lure of the Champions League, in which he is yet to play. He said: "Everyone wants to be there. I've never played in the Champions League and it's a dream for me."

He added: "You have to be realistic, it's really difficult this year because the Premier League is the best league in the world and six or seven or eight teams here are really good.

"It's very difficult to be there but if we play like we played in the first half against Sunderland I think we can be there."

Enrique is seen as the solution to what seems to have been an almost perennial problem at left-back for Liverpool.

But despite being thrust into the side after just one training session - as a result of a late injury to Fabio Aurelio - he is taking nothing for granted, although he is expected to start at Arsenal on Saturday.

"We have an amazing squad. There are two or three left-backs here, maybe more," he added. "Fabio Aurelio is a really good player. He's been unlucky with injuries but he's really good. I saw him playing for Valencia.

"It's good for the players to have competition because you know your work is never done.

"I still need more time. I hope in the game [against Arsenal] I can play like I did for Newcastle but I think I need more matches to know the players and of course they need to know me more too."


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