Anfield boss keen on wide duo.
Liverpool are back in the hunt for Newcastle United defender Jose Enrique, after missing out on Gael Clichy.
Despite previous claims from Phil Thompson that a “deal had been done” for the Spanish full-back, Liverpool are back in the hunt for the player, according to reports in the News of the World.
The club’s director of football strategy Damien Comolli had been spotted on a number of occasions last season scouting Enrique, who has been earmarked as the solution to Liverpool’s full-back problems.
With Clichy joining Manchester City in a £7 million, £90,000-per-week deal, Enrique seems the logical alternative.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish will look to bring in fellow Spaniard Juan Mata this summer and hopes that he can seal the pair for a combined fee of around £28.5m. The Anfield manager is looking to bring more natural width and even though moves to sign Aston Villa wide man Stewart Downing are progressing well the Merseyside club are looking for further additions to help push their side back into the top four chase.
Newcastle United seem resigned to losing Jose Enrique, who only has a year to run on his current Magpies deal, and the 25 year old Spaniard may feel that a high profile move may bring him nearer to his first full senior cap. Dalglish needs a first choice left back after the likes of Paul Konchesky, Emiliano Insua, Fabio Aurelio all failed to convince the Scot of their worth as starting options. Youngster Jack Robinson at 17 is probably too raw to be considered ready for regular action.
Director of football Damien Comolli has been busy trying to lure Valencia attacker Juan Mata to leave Valencia for the Premier League club but Liverpool are just one of many sides keen on the pint sized 23 year old and it may prove a harder nut to crack than with Enrique.
Mata has just completed his fourth term at the Mestalla and then followed up a consistent season in La Liga by helping his nation to win the European Under 21 Championships. The adaptable youngster can play as an orthodox striker but has been more commonly used as a winger and it is in that position that Liverpool would like to see the former Real Madrid youth team graduate ply his trade in, should a move to Anfield become a reality.