Jump directly to the content

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

DREAM TEAM

Your Sun

A News UK Company
TOP
farewell

One of the Premier League’s most beloved cult heroes forced into retirement aged 31

Jose Enrique said he could not play without medication to fight the pain

Your heart must be made of stone if you don’t have a soft spot for Jose Enrique.

The former Valencia, Villarreal, Newcastle, Liverpool and Real Zaragoza left-back has retired from football at just 31-years-old due to a long-term knee injury.

The Spaniard told Marca he could not play without medication to fight the pain.

Jose Enrique has retired from football at the age of 31

Getty Images
7
Jose Enrique has retired from football at the age of 31

Enrique, who was without a club after a season at Real Zaragoza, endured the start of his injury hell during his five years at Anfield.

He said: “I could not play without medication, I did not even train. It was hard, desperate.

“Sometimes I got dizzy in training on so much medication.

“After every game my knee swelled like a ball and I was barely able to walk for three days.

“Something that was supposed to be for three months ended up turning into two years.

“I saw five doctors in England but they did not get the problem.

“It hurts me, but so many times they told me that it was a psychological problem that I came to believe it.”

Don’t be sad, Jose

PA:Press Association
7
Don’t be sad, Jose

Enrique travelled to Spain for surgery but it did not fix the problem – which turned out to be a broken meniscus.

He added: “I was never the same, it was frustrating.

“I was had been playing for three months with a broken meniscus.

“I had to escape to Spain because I could not even walk. I could not compete and I had a terrible time.

“I had an anxiety attack and thought, ‘what the hell is wrong with me?’.

“I did not understand it.”

We miss him already

Getty - Contributor
7
We miss him already

Enrique’s impact at Liverpool was relatively minimal but he endeared himself to fans with his off-field personality.

Like when he bantered Man United with a screenshot of a Daily Mail article…

7

How can you not love this man

7
How can you not love this man

In fact, he was so active on social media that Liverpool fans demanded he period of inactivity from him, which only served to make neutral fans love him even more.

On the pitch he cemented his cult hero status by donning the gloves when Liverpool needed an outfield player to go in goal…

One of the greatest sights in football

7
One of the greatest sights in football

His isolation from the squad in his later days in Merseyside was clear to see on his social media channels and the whole thing was rather heartbreaking…

A player being forced into retirement by injury is always sad, especially someone as likeable as Enrique.

Good luck for the future, Jose, you magnificent man.


Kevin de Bruyne or Sadio Mane? Why not pick both in this weekend’s big game?

That’s the beauty of Dream Team Weekender – there are no budget limitations so you can pick any player available from this weekend’s fixtures, with Man City v Liverpool the pick of the bunch.

Weekender is the best new fantasy football game around and it’s absolutely free to enter.

De Bruyne and Man City host Liverpool in the big game this weekend

AFP or licensors
7
De Bruyne and Man City host Liverpool in the big game this weekend

Just select seven players from across the Saturday and Sunday Premier League fixtures for your chance to bag that tasty £20k prizepot.

Flopped last week? It doesn’t matter, as Weekender allows you to start afresh every single weekend. Let the games begin – sign up to play here!