Jose Enrique
Jose Enrique wants to stay and fight for a place at LiverpoolGetty

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has urged Jose Enrique to leave the Reds and find a new club in the summer transfer window.

The 29-year-old revealed he has been alienated by manager Brendan Rodgers and despite that, he wants to continue at Anfield and fight for a place in the starting lineup. The Northern Irishman has several options in the left-back position.

Alberto Moreno was the first choice left-back for Liverpool last season. However, he lost his place to summer signing Joe Gomez in the first match of the season against Stoke City.

With Rodgers already having two first choice players in the full-back position, Molby has advised Enrique to leave his current employers before the transfer window shuts on 1 September.

"I'm baffled by Jose Enrique's comments about staying and fighting for a place at Liverpool," Molby told the Liverpool Echo.

"I find it absolutely amazing that anyone would want to stay at a club when they have been told by the manager that they have no chance of playing football."

"The writing is on the wall for Enrique. He barely played last season and now he's training at Melwood away from the first-team squad. Why not just move on? Surely, he works all week because he wants that buzz of playing come the weekend.

"When he's in his late 30s and is back in Spain, he will regret the time he wasted stuck on the sidelines. You are a long time retired," he added.

Meanwhile, Molby has advised Rodgers not to sanction the sale of Lucas Leiva this summer. The Daily Mail claims the Brazil international has been linked with a move to AC Milan after he was frozen out by the former Swansea manager.

"There's been plenty of speculation about Lucas Leiva's future after he was left out of the squad to face Stoke," the Anfield favourite said.

"I really hope he stays because I still think he will have a part to play this season. It's important you have a No.6 who is a proper No.6 and very much a team player – someone whose ambition is for the team rather than himself.

"I've always liked Lucas. You have to have admiration for the way in which he has stuck at it. He believed he was good enough to succeed at Liverpool and he's proved that was the case," Molby concluded.