Full back has been outstanding ever since first arriving at Anfield two years ago.
Premier League giants Liverpool have suffered a huge blow with the news that key defender Jose Enrique will now need an operation on his injured knee that may rule the Spaniard out for the rest of this season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The left back has been struggling all campaign long with the problem, which has restricted Enrique to just nine appearances in total in all competitions to date for the Merseysiders, eight of which have come in the Premier League.
However, ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers has now confirmed that Enrique has been forced to go under the knife, although the Northern Irishman was unable to provide an accurate assessment of just exactly when the attacking full back could be back in action for the club.
“We are waiting for confirmation but he needs a small operation,” Rodgers said in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s trip across Stanley Park on Saturday.
“We’ve tried various was to get him fit but he needs an operation. I’m not sure how long. We’ll see the doctor.”
Enrique has been pretty much an automatic first choice at left back at Anfield ever since the 27-year-old was first brought to Merseyside from Newcastle United by previous manager Kenny Dalglish in August 2011 for a fee of just £7 million.