Jose Enrique on his return from long-term knee problem

After a long spell on the sidelines, Jose Enrique is close to reaching full fitness again.

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has been talking to the official club website about how much he has been waiting for the opportunity to get back to full fitness.

Enrique missed the majority of last season through a persistent knee problem, with his last appearance of the season coming in a 4-0 win over Fulham at Anfield in November. 

The Spaniard has since had surgery on the problem and his been working his way back to full fitness, in order to put himself in contention for a starting place at the start of the season.

He said: "I'm really happy to try to be playing games again. I've been working in the summer and I've been here for the last week. I've been working quite a lot in fitness terms.

"You can work on your own, but when you work with other people it's different. They told me little by little, I have to be careful, because I don't want a setback.

"I've been working with the physios; I only stopped for a week but for the rest of the holidays, I have been working because I have to be completely fit for this season."

Liverpool will be pleased to have their left-back returning from injury given the shortage in that position last season. 

Manager Brendan Rodgers didn't seem to have too much faith in Aly Cissokho - who was brought in as cover on loan, and instead played young Jon Flanagan in the role for much of last season's campaign, despite the 21-year-old's more natural position being at right-back.

That particular area is a part of the squad that is high on the Reds' boss transfer wish list having made attempts to sign Sevilla's Alberto Moreno, and the Reds have been strongly linked with Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand as an alternative. 

The 28-year-old will be hoping for a good pre-season in order to re-establish himself as the number one left-back in the side. But with the club competing on four fronts in the season ahead after their return to the Champions League, Enrique is bound to get game time regardless of whether he is first choice or not in the Liverpool side. 

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