Jose Enrique
Jose Enrique made just two Premier League starts last seasonGetty Images

Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique wants to stay and fight for his place at Anfield despite admitting he feels alienated by manager Brendan Rodgers.

A loss of form and a torrid run of injuries combined to see Enrique make just two Premier League starts last season, with the Spaniard absent from the Reds' pre-season calendar in the Far East, Australia, Finland and at home.

Enrique was also overlooked for the behind-closed-doors friendly against The New Saints. He continues to train away from the first team squad alongside Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli, with the trio's future at Liverpool looking bleak.

The arrival of 18-year-old Joe Gomez, who made his full Liverpool debut against Stoke City, the retention of Alberto Moreno and imminent return from injury of Jon Flanagan means Enrique has slipped further down the pecking order.

But despite his grim position at Liverpool Enrique – who has less than 12 months remaining on his contract – is prepared to stay on Merseyside even if he expects the club to offload him in the final three weeks of the transfer window.

"I am in a difficult position," he told Marca. "Liverpool have alienated Balotelli, Borini and me. I have a year of my contract and I imagine that the club will want to sell, but I still have the idea to ​​stay and fight as I always have. If a good opportunity came with more years of contract and more options to play, I would study it.

"I will not give up. Football changes from day to night. I know from experience. I am perfect after two years with knee discomfort and Liverpool is obliged to register me. In addition, in the template there is is only one pure left back and I know that if I stay I'll play. I want to prove that some are wrong.

"Everyone wants to play, but before players are people. I have spent many years away from home and know what it is. Alberto is a great player, completely different from me, and has a great future: He is a player of Spanish defence.

"What I think is that I will not play in a team better than this. They are better just a Real Madrid or Barcelona. Liverpool are above Manchester United. It is true that for many years they have not won the league, but we must not forget that they have five Champions Leagues.

"I had a very good option to return to Spain, but is complicated because the economy is very different from what exists here. The only teams that can deal with what is paid in England are the two big ones, so I would love to stay here until my legs stop me."