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Liverpool Defender Has Been Released By The Club

Admit it, you forgot José Enrique was still a Liverpool player.

As expected, the club have today taken the step of informing the Spanish defender that his contract will not be renewed and that he is free to sign for a new club this summer.

Not only that, but the club have also, as per a report in the Liverpool Echo, told the player that he is no longer needed at the Melwood training ground and that, in effect, his Liverpool career is already over.

José Enrique arrived at Anfield from Newcastle in a £5million deal struck by former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish in 2011, going on to establish himself as the side’s first choice left back over the course of his first two seasons.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: (THE SUN OUT) In this handout photo provided by Liverpool FC, Manager Kenny Dalglish of Liverpool (L) with new signing Jose Enrique during a press conference at the club's Melwood training ground on August 18, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Since then, however, his career at the club has stalled massively. He has only featured in 20 games in the past three seasons, as a series of injuries have seriously hampered his development.

The writing was on the wall for José Enrique last summer when – along with fellow outcasts Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli – he was left at home by former manager Brendan Rodgers while the club went to Australia for their annual pre-season tour.

Despite his exclusion, he insisted that he wanted to stay and fight for his place, and promptly rejected the chance to resurrect his career with either West Bromwich Albion or Newcastle.

He has only featured in three first team matches this season – all in the FA Cup – as manager Jürgen Klopp has preferred to use Alberto Moreno, Jon Flanagan, Brad Smith and even right back Nathaniel Clyne in the role rather than call upon the Spaniard.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 14: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jose Enrique and Alberto Moreno of Liverpool in action during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on May 14, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Today’s news comes as the club prepares to wind down its Premier League season with two games (against Chelsea and West Brom) remaining, before travelling to Basel to face Sevilla in the Europa League final later this month.

It is believed that the defender has already said his goodbyes at the club and is now a free agent.

In all, José Enrique made 99 appearances for Liverpool, scoring twice.

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