Jose Enrique

Last week, on the ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ pod in one of our more serious moments, we took a look at the travails of the Liverpool defence…notice please, I specifically say ‘defence’, not ‘back four’, ‘central pairing’ or other, more targeted breakdown. There is a reason for this, and one that surprisingly perhaps, when having so […]

A majority of the World Cup stars were back as the Reds kicked off their Guinness International Champions Cup with a 1-0 over Olympiakos thanks to a goal from Raheem Sterling. The Windy City lived up to its name as Liverpool faced the Greek champions at Soldier Field stadium. You would have been forgiven for […]

Imagine the scene. It’s the first day of pre-season. There’s damp in the air at Melwood but Brendan and the staff are in good spirits. Brendan was late for once, he had spent a good hour in front of the mirror looking at his new red training top. ‘Tight fitting’ he murmured. ‘Nice!’ Still admiring […]

Anyone who has watched Liverpool for the past two seasons would agree that Liverpool need a new first choice left back. In fact, if you go back the last 10 years you could put forward an argument that Liverpool’s last top class left back was actually a right back, that player would be Alvaro Arbeloa. […]

Against Arsenal last week we attempted to employ the same system we used so successfully against West Brom: 3 central defenders, with two wing-backs. Clearly it didn’t go well, and it led to a very poor first half performance from Liverpool. This prompted Rodgers to revert to four at the back for the second half, […]

One of the common signs of a new Liverpool arrival “settling in” on Merseyside is the creation of a song for him by the Anfield faithful. Such classics as “Steve Gerrard Gerrard,” “We All Dream of a Team of Carraghers,” the Xabi Alonso song, and (my personal favorite, though I don’t hear it much anymore) […]

Quality left-backs at Liverpool have been a premium down the years but the acquisition of José Enrique has proven to be an excellent signing. Defensively, he is everything you need in a full-back; he’s strong so holds attackers off with ease, calm and confident on the ball, quick, his positional sense is second-to-none and he […]

Before Jose Enrique signed this summer Liverpool FC supporters were calling out for a left back that would add balance and strength to the side. The balance required was to ensure that they were able to defend and also provide a suitable outlet on left overlapping the left winger or passing / creating from deep. […]

Liverpool has long had a problem with the left-back position ever since John Arne Riise left for Roma in 2008. Yes we had Fabio Aurelio and Emiliano Insua but neither succeeded in stamping their mark on the position, with injuries plaguing the one and the other just simply failing to live up to expectations.

It doesn’t seem so long ago, that I was writing the “What our team needs” series. That was back in April, and I identified 4 key areas that we needed to add some quality to the side. Those were Left Back , Centre Back, a Centre Midfielder, and a Winger. It may take some reading to […]

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