By Daniel Moxon – @dmoxon_
Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has claimed that Reds star Andy Robertson is the best in the world in his position.
Enrique, 33, made 99 appearances as a left-back for the Anfield club during his five years on Merseyside and was a popular figure among fans, but the Spaniard believes the man who currently fills that position has been the best on the planet in the last 12 months.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “I said to him after the game at the party, for me, he has been the best left-back in the world this year.
“Jordi Alba has been good as well but [Robertson] has been unbelievable. He’s given a lot of assists, contributed to the team offensively and defensively as well. He has been, for me, one of the best players for Liverpool this year.”
The 25-year-old Scot contributed an impressive 13 assists to Jurgen Klopp’s side in all competitions this season, while also being an important part of the stern defence that recorded 21 clean sheets in the Premier League.
In Europe, he was key to a team that lifted the Champions League trophy after overcoming Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid. After such a memorable 2018/19 campaign, it’s no wonder Robertson has earned such praise from Liverpool players past and present.
Now retired, Enrique underwent an operation a year ago to remove a brain tumour which forced him to cut short his playing career in 2017, but is feeling optimistic about the future.
He said: “It’s an amazing feeling, it’s been a very difficult year for me and my family. On the 12th it’s going to be a year since my operation. So a year later, I’m here, I’m alive and I can play football. I’m really happy about that.”
The Spaniard was speaking prior to taking part in the LFC Legends game in Hong Kong, where they faced a similar side from Borussia Dortmund in a special friendly.
A brace from Salif Diao was cancelled out by goals from Mladen Petric and Ewerthon, but a coolly-taken penalty from Robbie Fowler saw the Reds emerge victorious in front of 21,000 spectators at Hong Kong stadium.
On his participation in the game, Enrique said: “To get the chance to come to Hong Kong, somewhere I have never been, and play for Liverpool again is very, very nice.”