Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique states that he is helping Liverpool’s two new Spanish recruits, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas, to settle in.
The two new signings of Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas have increased the number of Spanish players in the Reds side to five with Alberto, Aspas, Reina, Suso and Enrique.
Enrique has been at Liverpool for two years now, since signing from Newcastle United, and has helped the new recruits settle in and get to grips with a new environment.
“From the start they have been with me all the time and asking me things, which is normal,” Enrique told LFC TV during a break from training.
“I did it before with other players. I told them that if they need me for anything they have me here – I know at the start and when you change country, it’s difficult when you don’t know the language.”
Having plied his trade in Spain before moving to Newcastle United in 2007, Enrique explains how much he knows about our new recruits.
The 27-year-old said: “Aspas did really well with Celta Vigo and scored a lot of goals. I saw a few games but I don’t really follow La Liga much; just my team Valencia, Levante, Madrid and Barcelona.
“I follow the Premier League more. But I know he’s doing really well and Luis Alberto did really well at Barcelona. Hopefully they will do well here.
“You can’t say much because training is physical now. We do a lot of work with the ball, but now it’s more physical. But you can see Aspas is a really clever player and a good guy as well, like Luis.”
Enrique is excited for the start of the 2013-14 season and can’t wait to get started.
“We have a really good team; we did already last year but with the few additions we have now, we have an even better team. Hopefully we’ll do well and get where we want to be,” he added.
“What I want to do is play as much as I can. I have to try to play better every season. Hopefully I can help the team, if I can score goals then much better. But the most important thing for me is to help the team.
“To be honest, during the summer I was working three or four times a week – not very hard, but something. I can really feel it.
“Of course, training is still really hard but I feel quite fit. We are looking forward now – the team we have this year is exciting. Hopefully it’s going well.”