Full-back says Liverpool’s turbulent summer is ‘no excuse’ for their poor start.
Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique has criticised the club’s summer spending and doubts whether the Reds can qualify for the Champions League in the near future.
The Anfield club were left frustrated in the transfer market after late moves for targets Clint Dempsey, Cristian Tello and Daniel Sturridge failed to come off.
Boss Brendan Rodgers sanctioned the loan of striker Andy Carroll to West Ham and his failure to sign a replacement has left just Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as the only senior strikers on Merseyside.
In the absence of recognised stars, Rodgers has turned to youth, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom all starting Liverpool’s first Premier League win of the season at Norwich on Saturday.
Enrique, who was signed last summer by former manager Kenny Dalglish, has been marginalised by Rodgers and found himself benched yet again at the weekend, with 18-year-old Wisdom filling in at full-back.
The Spaniard has criticised the club’s transfer policy and doubts their credentials for a top-four finish.
“The turbulence in the summer is no excuse for the players’ [poor form],” the former Newcastle star is quoted as saying by Tribal Football.
“It was frustrating in the summer as we let many players go and not many came in.
“Our squad has many young players. They can do well for us and we still have great players in the team and it is our mistake why we are where we are now.
“Qualifying for the Champions League would be a dream but I don’t know how long this will take.
“You have to be realistic. You see the level of Man City and Chelsea’s spending in the summer and it is going to be tough.”
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