Despite it at times seeming likely Jose Enrique would end up either at West Bromwich Albion or Sunderland, in the end it appears he will remain at Liverpool. With only minutes to go before the transfer window closes, the club have resigned themselves to not being able to offload Enrique and the player has reportedly headed home from Melwood.
According to The Telegraph’s Merseyside reporter Chris Bascombe, with deals to the two clubs that showed any interest in Enrique falling through—with the player blocking the West Brom move and Sunderland instead deciding to go after Andre Yedlin—and no likely suitors left, Liverpool have given up and will keep the left back until at least January.
However, there are no signs the club or manager Brendan Rodgers intend to bring Enrique in from his current isolation. Unless something changes, the defender will continue to train on his own to avoid him becoming a destructive influence on the squad. In retrospect, it makes Enrique’s decision to shun a West Brom move all the more regrettable.
Still, it’s a long season, and with Joe Gomez struggling on Saturday and Alberto Moreno out of favour, anything is possible. And even if he never plays for the club again, he’ll at least be well compensated financially for working out on his own, playing video games, and posting to social media.
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