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Enrique Ready to Work Hard and Wait for His Chance

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Working back from a season largely spent on the sidelines and facing new competition at left back, Jose Enrique knows that if he works hard his chance will come sooner or later.

Julian Finney

After a strong debut performance against Manchester City, Alberto Moreno was even more impressive against Tottenham, putting in a flawless shift at the back and scoring Liverpool's third goal of the afternoon with a wonderful solo effort. Taken together, it's a pair of matches that speaks to his promising future at Liverpool. And means question marks for Jose Enrique.

For now, though, Enrique's main concern is getting himself back up to full fitness following a season where he spent most of the time on the sideline. He got a late run-out on Sunday to work on that, but he remains some ways short of being match ready, and he knows he'll have to work hard if he's to have any chance of getting himself back on top of the left back depth chart.

"After so long out it was great to be back playing," he said following his late cameo in Sunday's win, which didn't come until the 86th minute when he was rather unexpectedly sent on to the pitch at left wing to replace Raheem Sterling. "The only problem was that once I got warm the game was finished, but I know I have to go little by little and be patient.

"Moreno did really well and scored an amazing goal. For me the best thing was the pressing to win the ball. That was half of the goal, but how he finished was unbelievable. The most important thing is we are a team. This is a team sport and we all have to fight to make the team better. I will have my chances. I know I have the confidence of the manager so I'm happy about that."

Over a long season, and with Liverpool returning for the Champions League for the first time since 2009, Enrique is likely to get his chance eventually. Liverpool's fullback depth is as good as it's been in recent years, though, with five senior fullbacks—four of whom have experience playing on the left side—fighting for minutes and Moreno already the clear first choice on the left.

If he works hard, though, he knows he has a manager who will give him a chance sooner or later. It's up to Enrique to be ready to use that chance to make a case for regular minutes ahead of not just Moreno, but also Jon Flanagan and Glen Johnson. Enrique's convinced he'll make good on that chance when it comes, but in the meantime the team is the most important thing.

"We have got six points out of nine which is a really good start for us," he added. "We've already had two really difficult games against two of the best teams in the league. I think we were better than Tottenham in all [parts of] the game. We pressed high and with the attacking players we've got they can kill the game."