Liverpool legend criticises defender Jose Enrique, and Brendan Rodgers' team selections

Jose Enrique

Mark Lawrenson is not impressed with Liverpool and ex-Newcastle defender Jose Enrique.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has criticised manager Brendan Rodgers, and defender Jose Enrique.

Writing for the BBC, the pundit and co-commentator admitted he was mystified as to they way Liverpool set the team up against Basel, and claimed the Spanish defender appeared unfit.

He said: "I do not understand some of Brendan Rodgers' selections - leaving Adam Lallana out against Basel mystified me, as did the inclusion of Jose Enrique, who looked overweight.

"But you cannot second-guess Rodgers because he keeps changing his team like he does his socks."

Enrique played the first half against Basel, and was brought off for Alberto Moreno at the break.

It was only the fourth start the 28-year-old had made all season, and second in the Champions League, so if he appeared off the pace, it can easily be put down to a lack of match sharpness.

It's then that Lawrenson's point about the defender really comes into play - if he is lacking in match practice, why use him in such an important game?

Moreno is a player Liverpool spent £18 million on in the summer, and has been generally one of the better of the summer signings. Rodgers clearly felt he had more trust in Enrique, but it will be interesting to see if that remains when they take on Manchester United in the summer.

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