Player profile

Jose Enrique

Birthdate: 23 January 1986
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Other clubs: Levante (2004-05), Valencia (2005-06), Celta Vigo (loan 2005-06), Villareal (2006-07), Newcastle United (2007-11)
Bought from: Newcastle United
Signed for LFC: £6m, 12.08.2011
Liverpool debut: 13.08.2011
Last appearance: 30.01.2016
Debut goal: 17.11.2012
Last goal: 17.02.2013
Contract expiry: 01.07.2016
Win ratio: 50.51% W: 50 D: 26 L: 23
Honours: League Cup 2012
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 5 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 76 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 99 / 2

Player profile

'El Toro' or The Bull is a nickname he earned for his quickness and physical play while he was in the Spanish Under-21 team. Enrique made his breakthrough at Villareal before joining Newcastle for £6.3 million after just one season with the Yellow Submarines. Enrique was selected as Newcastle's official Player of the Season for 2009/10 and named in the Championship's PFA Team of the Season as the Magpies won promotion to the Premier League. Two days before the start of the 2011/12 Premier League season, Liverpool purchased the Spanish left-back. Although Enrique still had one year left on his Newcastle contract, a move away from Tyneside was always likely after he had criticised the club’s transfer policy earlier in the summer.

Enrique joined a Liverpool squad already possessing a number of players either youthful or experienced who could occupy the position he was most suited to play in. However, the left-back position in the team was one that had been rather difficult to fill permanently in recent years. Kenny Dalglish was confident enough in his latest acquisition to put him straight into the first team on the opening day of a new Premier League season. By the turn of the year he had impressed so much with his defensive stability and attacking surges upfield that he had played in all nineteen of the Premier League matches up to that time. His form dipped alarmingly towards the end of the season, but he was still a regular. He picked up a winners' medal in the League Cup and also had an unexpected seven minutes in goal against his old club Newcastle United after Pepe Reina had been sent off at a time when Liverpool had used all their three substitutes. Enrique has proved a key player for Liverpool since Brendan Rodgers took over, either used as a left-back or left-winger.

Enrique played in thirty-five of Liverpool's fifty-four competitive matches in 2012/13. He also scored his first Premier League goals for Liverpool in the home matches against Wigan Athletic and Swansea City; and in so doing he doubled the total of Premier League goals he had scored in four seasons as a Newcastle player. Injuries restricted Enrique to just 8 first-team appearances in 2013/14 and according to his tweets was quite busy honing his skills playing FIFA, in which he reigns reportedly as club champion.

Enrique only started six matches for Liverpool in the 2014/15 season but came on as a substitute on three more occasions. He passed his 29th birthday during the season, which ended with him still having one year left on his Liverpool contract. Enrique explained to Marca in the summer of 2015: "The only teams that can deal with what is paid in England are Real Madrid and Barcelona, so I would love to stay here until my legs stop me. I had a very good option to return to Spain, but is complicated because the economy is very different from what exists here.”. Despite being asked to train alone and excluded from Liverpool's pre season preparations, Enrique failed to find another club and at the end of the transfer window vowed to fight for his place at Anfield. However he was frozen out of the first team picture by Brendan Rodgers and then by Jurgen Klopp who took over in October. A defensive injury crisis led to him playing at centre back in the FA Cup third round tie at Exeter, where he failed to impress and was arguably at fault for the home side's first goal, his lack of pace being exposed. He played again in the repay, came on as an 89th minute subsitute against West Ham in the 4th round and never appeared for the Reds again. He was unsurprisingly released at the end of the season, having been told before the final league game at West Bromwich Albion that he didn't even need to turn up for training any more. Although disappointed he did leave with no hard feelings, posting on social media that Liverpool's fans were the best in the world before going on holiday to Ibiza with Suso.

Appearances per season

2011-2012 35440043
2012-2013 29006035
2013-2014 801009
2014-2015 421209
2015-2016 030003

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

6Stoke City
6Manchester City
5Aston Villa
5Manchester United
4Wigan Athletic
4Swansea City
4Newcastle United
3West Ham United
3Bolton Wanderers
2Zenit St. Petersburg
2Exeter City
2Norwich City
2Blackburn Rovers
1Brighton & Hove Albion
1Cardiff City
1AFC Wimbledon
1Young Boys
1Crystal Palace
Total Started/substitutions
86 Started
16 On the bench
13 Substitute
5 Substituted

Goals per season

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2012-2013 200002
2013-2014 000000
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A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

2Premier League
TotalGoal minute period
146-60 minutes
161-75 minutes
TotalOpen play/Penalty
2Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

5028.10.2012EvertonGoodison ParkLeague

Milestone Goals

16517.11.2012Wigan AthleticAnfieldLeague

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Levante 2004-2005 Spain 2 19 1 19 1
Valencia 2005-2006 Spain 1 0 0 0 0
Celta Vigo 2005-2006 Spain 1 15 0 18 0
Villarreal 2006-2007 Spain 1 23 0 25 0
Newcastle United 2007-2008 England Premier League 23 0 28 0
Newcastle United 2008-2009 England Premier League 26 0 28 0
Newcastle United 2009-2010 England First Division 34 1 37 1
Newcastle United 2010-2011 England Premier League 36 0 36 0
Total 176 2 191 2