Enrique thrilled to be back

  • Last Updated: July 8 2014, 16:40 BST

Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique says he is thrilled to be back in pre-season training after missing the majority of the last campaign through injury.

Jose Enrique: Glad to be back in training with Liverpool
Jose Enrique: Glad to be back in training with Liverpool

The 28-year-old saw his season cut short following last November’s 4-0 win over Fulham due to a knee injury which had been problematic for some time prior to that game.

Enrique underwent surgery as well as receiving specialist advice in the United States earlier this year as he looked no closer to returning to action.

However, Enrique now has his sights set on the new campaign after making his comeback at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I've been here since last week and I'm really happy. I've been waiting for this moment for so long. I'm feeling great.

"I'm really happy to try to be playing games again. I've been working in the summer and I've been here for the last week. I've been working quite a lot in fitness terms.

"You can work on your own, but when you work with other people it's different. They told me little by little, I have to be careful, because I don't want a setback.

"I've been working with the physios. I only stopped for a week but for the rest of the holidays, I have been working because I have to be completely fit for this season."

Enrique was limited to just nine appearances in all competitions prior to his injury, but he is optimistic of more first-team football this time around with Liverpool now also competing in the Champions League.

"Next season we have four competitions so everyone is going to have games. That's even better for my team-mates and me as well," he said.

"If you don't have a chance in one competition, you're going to have a chance in another competition. Everyone is looking forward.

"Of course, there are still so many players to come from the World Cup. But I see everyone so excited. The atmosphere is amazing, like always, so everyone is really looking forward to it."