Jose Enrique aiming to resdiscover form of three years ago

Jose Enrique

The Liverpool left-back is back training with the side and available for selection against following horrid luck with injuries last term.

Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique has said he looks forward to training sessions as if they were Premier League games after a injury-hit season last term, and is aiming to get back to the same level as three years ago.

The Reds' 3-0 in over Tottenham at White Hart Lane prior to the international break saw the Spaniard make his first competitive appearance for the Reds since November last year as he came on for a brief cameo late on in proceedings.

And after such a long spell on the sidelines with a knee problem, Enrique appreciates training sessions all the more, telling the official Liverpool website: "Last year, I came to train alone all of the time while my teammates were outside. For a long time, I was alone and training in the gym because I was injured.

"Now I am training with my teammates again, I feel like the happiest guy in the world. I want to play - but I am so happy just to be back and training.

"It is true what they say in life, when something happens to you, you appreciate things more. That's what's happened to me.

"When I arrived here, for the first six months I felt I played well and I want to get to that level. And I will get there - I know that."

Enrique knows he faces a tough task getting back into the starting XI following the acquisition of Alberto Moreno for £12 million from Sevilla in the summer but is likely to get some opportunities in the month ahead with the Reds competing in three competitions.

When he first arrived at Anfield from Newcastle in 2011, he demonstrated he was a tough full-back to beat but his form did drop off a little in the second half of that season. He has at times been used further up the field by Brendan Rodgers, scoring a couple of goals in the process.

The 28-year-old still has a long way to go to get back to his best, adding: "You see players have an amazing season and then have a bad season. People say, 'why is that?' but it's all about confidence. Players don't go from being the best to the worst in one year - it's about confidence. I am still trying to get to my best and I want to get that confidence."

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