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Liverpool signs Magpies defender Enrique

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Liverpool completed the signing of Spanish left back Jose Enrique from Premier League rival Newcastle on Friday.

Liverpool did not say how much it paid for the 25-year-old defender but British media reported the fee as 6 million pounds ($9.8 million).

Enrique is Liverpool's fifth signing of the summer transfer window and links up with former Newcastle teammate Andy Carroll.

''This is one of the happiest days of my life,'' Enrique said. ''I have come to one of the biggest clubs not just in England, but in the world.

''They spent a lot of money in January on Andy and Luis Suarez and this summer they've spent a lot of money on other players.''

If all the paperwork on the transfer is cleared by the Premier League by noon
then the player would technically be available for Saturday's opening league
match at home to Sunderland, although whether manager Kenny Dalglish would throw him in after just one training session remains to be seen.

Enrique admits he is keen to seize his first chance at a "big club''.

"They have won a lot of things including the Champions League,'' said the
defender, who joined Newcastle from Villarreal in 2007 for #6.3million.

"They have amazing players and I hope to win things here.

"In Spain there is a saying 'When the train comes in, you have to take it.'

"This is the first time a big club has come in for me and I had to take it
(the opportunity). I am really happy.

"Everybody speaks about the fans here and they are amazing. I am looking
forward to it. I am looking forward to playing in front of the Kop. I hope it
will be this weekend, but if not I can wait.''

Enrique added: "If the manager needs me, I am ready to play.

"I have already played for Newcastle in pre-season, not every game but two or three games and I am fit and if the manager needs me, I am ready to play.

"My ambition is to win everything with Liverpool. This year we won't play in
the Champions League, so the most important thing is to try to win the
league.''

The Spaniard will link up at Anfield with former Newcastle team-mate Andy
Carroll, who moved in January, and the defender said he and Dalglish's other
signings were a significant factor in deciding to follow the same path.

"I am excited - it shows Liverpool's ambition,'' he added.

"They spent a lot of money in January on Andy and Luis Suarez and this summer they've spent a lot of money on other players.

"You can see they have big ambitions and that's why I came here - because I
want to win things and I think I can do that here.''

Enrique follows Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Alexander Doni and Stewart Downing in moving to Anfield since the end of last season.


 

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