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.
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.”
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.”
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…
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…
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.
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