The Liverpool full-back José Enrique says he is hoping for a good reception from Newcastle fans tonight at Anfield, but we doubt he will get one.
Jose Enrique – while at Newcastle
We could be wrong on that, but we’d be surprised if Jose gets anything like a good reception from Newcastle fans at the game.
Any player who leaves Newcastle for another club, and wants to leave, will hardly be remembered too fondly by Newcastle fans.
Enrique moved to Liverpool in August for a fee of around £6M, and he refused to stay at Newcastle.
And that was even though Alan Pardew and Spanish speaking players Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez had apparently been pleading with him to stay, ever since pre-season training started up in early July.
This is what Jose said today:
“I had very good moments there … They have amazing fans, it is an amazing city. I still love Newcastle and will do all my life. But I play for Liverpool now and I want three points because it is important that we get them.”
“I hope the fans understand why I moved. I gave everything for Newcastle, I always gave 100% and nobody can say any different. I played in the Championship after they got relegated. I wanted to stay and help because I was part of the reason that we dropped out of the division.”
“But an opportunity to play for Liverpool came along and I couldn’t refuse it. We are one of the best teams in Europe. You cannot say no when a team like Liverpool comes for you.”
“They sold a lot of players … when you sell a lot of players, normally the team drops a little bit but they are doing really well. Demba Ba has come in and is on fire this season. They are doing really well and I am happy for them.”
I don’t think the Newcastle fans do understand why Jose moved on, other than he wanted to play for Liverpool rather than Newcastle United, so he can hardly expect Newcastle fans to like that too much.
That’s really the bottom line in all of this, he wanted to leave Newcastle, although to his credit, we have to admit that Jose was a very good player for us in the four years he was at the club.
And Jose always gave his very best, and was just fantastic in our promotion season. But another way of looking at it, is that Newcastle made him into the player he is today.
When he first arrived at Newcastle, and Kevin Keegan took over the Newcastle manager job from Sam Allardyce in January, 2008, Kevin had doubts about his defending, and Jose is still not a first class defender today, although he is very good when moving forward.
Indeed, if Kevin hadn’t left the club in September of 2008, we don’t think Enrique would have stayed at Newcastle, but likely would have been shipped out and probably back to Spain.
And didn’t Jose say more than once that he wanted to end his career on Tyneside?
So to keep quiet and not say what he really wanted to do from last January on, was not good.
But he didn’t want to stay at Newcastle, and we have found out that when we have players who only want to be on Tyneside, things are just fine, and the team spirit is absolutely fantastic.
And to make matters worse Liverpool paid only £6M for him, and surely he was worth £26M to Liverpool, that’s if big Andy was worth £35M?
It would be very nice to beat Liverpool tonight, that’s for sure.