Liverpool defender Jose Enrique is preparing for life away from Anfield after admitting several clubs are interested in signing him in the summer transfer window. The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the campaign and, having featured just three times for the Reds this term, will not be handed a new deal by manager Jurgen Klopp.
Enrique's appearances have been restricted to the FA Cup, featuring in both games against League Two side Exeter City in the third round before coming off the bench in the draw with West Ham United in the same competition. The 30-year-old has otherwise been overlooked by Klopp, who has preferred to blood youngsters rather than field the veteran full-back.
With his future prospects at Liverpool unlikely to improve, Enrique has wasted little time turning his attention to next season, when he hopes to breathe new life into his career. The former Newcastle United player has already been subject to interest and has told prospective clubs he is ready to make an impression.
"I don't know if they have presented any offers, but I think that various clubs have contacted my agent for next season," he told Marca. "I focus on playing. Right now the coach is not counting on me, but I find myself very well physically.
"I am in the perfect condition and I know that I can have my opportunity. Within four or five years I don't know, but now I find myself like when I was at my best level. If I cannot play here, I will do it somewhere else."
The Spain international has become the second player to declare his intention to leave Liverpool in the summer, after striker Mario Balotelli claimed he has no interest in returning to Merseyside following the conclusion of his loan spell at AC Milan. The Italy international has endured a nightmare spell at the club and could yet return to Serie A on a permanent basis.
Klopp's marginalisation of Enrique means he will not be considered for the Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal back in his Spanish homeland. The Yellow Submarine are currently fourth in La Liga and on course to qualify for next season's Champions League, and Enrique says Liverpool can ill-afford to take them lightly.
"They have a lot of quality, to be so high up in La Liga proves that," he added. "Not many people in England know about them, but it will be a spectacular semi-final. It is good for Villarreal to be involved in European games. They have grown in recent years and I think it's something historic for them. The bad luck is that I'm not playing and I will not be able to be at El Madrigal."