Spanish left-back Jose Enrique has confirmed he will be staying at Liverpool this season despite stories linking the 29-year-old with West Bromwich Albion and amidst claims the club have alienated him.

Enrique admits he’s in a ‘difficult situation’ and returning to Spain is not an option due to the economy and also signing for a lower club is not in his plans.

He was left out of the club’s pre-season preparations along with Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini but is hopeful of meandering his way back into Rodgers’ first-team plans this term.

Enrique, who has made 66 Premier League appearances for the Anfield club since signing for them from Newcastle United in 2011, is entering the final year of his contract at the Merseyside club after surviving some career threatening knee injuries.

“I’m in a difficult position,” Enrique told the Liverpool Echo.

“The club have alienated Balotelli, Borini and me.

“I have a year left on my contract and I imagine the club will want to sell, but I still want to stay and fight as I always have.

“I will not give up. I know from experience that football changes from day to night.

“I feel fine after two years with knee discomfort. Plus in the squad here we only have one pure left-back (Alberto Moreno) and I know that if I stay I’ll play. I want to prove that some are wrong.

“What I think is that I will not play in a team better than this. Liverpool are a match for Manchester United.

“I had a very good option to return to Spain, but is complicated because the economy is very different from what exists here.

“The only teams that can deal with what is paid in England are Real Madrid and Barcelona, so I would love to stay here until my legs stop me.”

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