There was a time when Liverpool was home to some of the best players from Spain’s golden generation. Pepe Reina, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres formed the terrific Spanish trio that still makes most Reds supporters nostalgic. Liverpool were constantly linked with the best Spanish players. However, those times have long changed.
For the aforementioned terrific trio, read the absolute shambles that is the trio of full backs Jose Enrique and Javier Manquillo, and midfielder Luis Alberto. None of the three looks set to feature prominently in Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans for next season after it was reported that he was desperately seeking to offload all three this summer.
Enrique,the left back signed by previous manager Kenny Dalglish from Newcastle in 2011, has totally fallen out of favour with the manager as well as the fans after a promising start to his Liverpool career, but his inability to feature consistently owing to the sheer amount of injuries he has faced . He has fallen way behind in the pecking order and makes more appearances on social networking sites in a day than he has done for Liverpool in a year. With Lucas Digne set to arrive as a cover and competition for current full back Alberto Moreno, Enrique is widely expected to depart this summer.
Javi Manquillo was steady if not spectacular for Liverpool last season after signing from Atletico Madrid on a 2 year loan deal. However, with the imminent arrival of Nathaniel Clyne as a new signing coupled with the return of on loan full back Andre Wisdom from West Brom,his time appears likely to be up.
Luis Alberto,who signed for the Reds in 2013, has failed to light up Anfield in the limited chances he has had.He spent the last season on loan at Malaga but endured a poor campaign. It seems that the Anfield hierarchy are finally convinced that he will fail to make the grade at Liverpool and are prepared to show him the exit door.
By letting go the trio, leaving will be freeing up as much as £180,000 a week in wages which can be used on in coming players.