Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has said he feels sharper than he thought he would after recovering from a knee injury that kept him out of the side for most of last season.
Enrique has started two games this season - against Middlesbrough in the League Cup and against Basel in the Champions League in the week, and after the arrival of fellow Spaniard Alberto Moreno from Sevilla for £12 million in the summer, he is up for the fight for his place in the side.
He told the Liverpool website: "I'm surprised because I feel fitter than I expected to be after such a long time - 11 months - without playing. I'm really happy to be back and hopefully the manager will give me more games."
Moreno has been one of the more impressive signings at the club this summer having scored a wonderful goal against Tottenham, looked a threat going forward, as well as looking strong in the tackle. His style seems a little different to that of Enrique's who seems raring to go, and prepared to make a big contribution to Liverpool's season.
He added: "I'm fit now. Of course, he is the manager's choice at the moment, but the manager knows as well that I'm completely fit. I've already spoken with him about it. I want to play as well, like Alberto does.
"So it's going to be nice competition for us. Both of us can play a little bit higher as well, so there will be a good choice."
Enrique has said he wants to reach the kind of form that endeared him a little to Liverpool fans in his first six months at the club. He is a strong player that likes to tussle with his opposite number, and can also make a contribution going forward.
It does seem to be one part of the field that was a problem position for Liverpool that has been resolved for now with two players more than capable of performing to a high standard in their more natural position.
Moreno is seemingly the first choice left-back for now, but it would be interesting to see if Enrique does get a decent run of games in the side this season.