JOSE WON’T STEW OVER DOWN SHIFT
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JOSE ENRIQUE has told his Reds rival Stewart Downing: “Bring it on!”
Liverpool defender Enrique insists he’s not worried that Brendan Rodgers wants to reinvent Downing as a defender after the fed-up Anfield boss laid into both players’ attitude and desire.
The Spaniard is confident of fending off the fresh competition, insisting £10million England winger Downing will be the one “left-back” in the shadows in their personal battle for survival.
Enrique (below) will play through the pain in a bid to save his Kop career after the £6m defender was told to shape up or ship out by his new boss.
Rodgers is ready to use Downing at full-back in a bid to kick-start the midfield flop’s career.
Enrique’s welcomed the fresh competition.
He said: “It’s good for Stewart because it’s another place he can play for and it’s good for the squad if we pick up injuries.
“I enjoy the competition. I know when I’m fit I can play in this team so I’m not really worried about that. It’s good for the team when you have players who can play in different positions.”
Former Newcastle defender Enrique hasn’t been helped by a knee injury.
But after injections he hopes will clear up the problem, the 26-year-old is out to show he has the desire and determination to force his way back into the side.
He said: “I don’t know quite what the problem is, but I’ve been playing with a lot of pain. “I had an injection in my knee so hopefully that will settle it down and allow me to find my form because it is difficult playing with pain.
“It’s something behind my knee and I’ve had to be very careful with it. I’ve been trying to play with it but it is not 100 per cent.
“The injection will hopefully sort it out.
“With a new manager at the club you want to be at your best and I want to get back as soon as possible.”