Jose Enrique to be a shock exit at Liverpool and return to Newcastle?

Jose Enrique Newcastle

Left on the bench for the last two games, could Liverpool cash in on the Spaniard? Would former club Newcastle United take him back?

There are still several hours left before the transfer window closes, or 'slams shut' as SkySports put it, and likely several twists and turns ahead.

Liverpool are a club who have ambitions to sign a number of players, but the perception is that they have to sell to buy.

Charlie Adam is a likely possibility, but the club's most saleable asset Andy Carroll has been dispatched to West Ham on loan - meaning no cash will be coming their way for him at present.

The club may have to look elsewhere for ways to raise cash, if they can get £5 million for Adam and another £5 million for another player, they will have the money which could bring them Clint Dempsey.

That other player, could just be Spanish left-back Jose Enrique, signed one year ago by Kenny Dalglish.

Enrique had a very promising start to his Liverpool career, performing consistently well until around February when his form dropped off completely. It was his poor positioning which allowed Ramires into score the opener in the FA Cup final, sympomatic of his malaise.

And now? Glen Johnson played there against West Brom and Liverpool, Jack Robinson featured away to Hearts, and last night Stewart Downing was preferred.

Downing was a player brought in for a big fee and the club do not want to make a huge loss on selling him, inevitable if they decided to, and Brendan Rodgers is keen to convert him to the position. He had a good game there last night, admittedly against relatively weak opposition, but there is something to work with if the manager is set on it.

With Downing, Robinson, and Johnson if Kelly plays on the right, all capable of playing at left-back, is Enrique being squeezed out?

He came on against Manchester City for the final minutes, but if the club decide to cash in on him later today it could be his final appearance. There would likely be a number of takers if the club decided to hawk him around.

Would Newcastle welcome him back? It is possible after Ryan Taylor's injury last night. Although Santon, and Anita are both capable of playing in the position, the Toon's need if anywhere is at right full-back, with Simpson's contract winding down.

For Liverpool fans, this could be one to watch as the final hours of deadline day approach, dependent on how urgently the club need to find the cash.

Is Enrique part of Liverpool's plans? Or is he now expendable?

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