Liverpool boast one of the world’s strongest squads at the minute. Virgil van Dijk is hotly tipped for the Ballon d’Or and Alisson Becker has been crowned the world’s best goalkeeper, both players were named in the Fifpro World XI. The current World XI was announced to much controversy with many believing that more Liverpool players warranted inclusion. Former Reds defender Jose Enrique has said that Andy Robertson is the best in the world in his position.
Jose Enrique signed for Liverpool from Newcastle in 2011 in a £6m deal. The left back was a solid player for Liverpool but managed only 21 appearances in his final 3 seasons for the club due to a persistent knee injury. The Spaniard is fondly remembered by Liverpool fans, not in the least because of his inch perfect long ball to Luis Suarez for one of the Uruguayan’s most memorable Anfield goals.
Speaking to Sky Sports News (10:20am 16/10/19), the retired full back said “I said last year, he was the best left-back in the world. I know they give it to Marcelo, but it wasn’t fair, in my opinion”, the former Red described the decision as “unbelievable”.
Enrique continued, “Liverpool won the Champions League and he has been an amazing player for the club. He gives so much on that side. Him and Mane together, I don’t want to be on the right side of the other team.”
It is Liverpool’s wing play that has devastated teams in recent seasons. Enrique was one of Liverpool’s first modern wing backs as he flew up the flank in Brendan Rodgers’ short lived 3-5-2 formation. Nowadays, the Reds’ wide areas are occupied by Andy Robbo and Trent Alexander-Arnold, both with almost telepathic links to the wingers in front of them. Given the 11 assists the Scotsman provided in the Premier League last season, it’s no surprise Jose Enrique has said that Andy Robertson is the best in the world. If Jürgen Klopp’s side maintain their form, the Fifpro World XI will be looking a lot more Scouse next season.