Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique retires from football

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Former Liverpool and Newcastle United defender Jose Enrique has retired from football at 31 years of age.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca, the Valencia-born full-back explained the physical and mental tolls of constant battles with injury over the years.

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

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

Jose Enrique got his first taste of English football with Newcastle United in 2007, joining for £6.3 million from Villarreal.

He made 129 appearances for The Magpies, including 34 appearances in the Championship after their relegation in 2009, before joining Liverpool in 2011.

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Jose Enrique made 99 appearances for Liverpool and started in their League Cup triumph over Cardiff City in 2012.

His five-year stay with The Reds were marred by knee injuries, limiting him to just 21 appearances in his final three years at Anfield.

“I’m still not quite right, either physically or mentally, but I feel like starting from scratch.”

“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.”

Enrique spent his final season at Segunda Division side Real Zaragoza, and won a League Cup during his time at Liverpool.

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