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Jose Enrique wanted on loan at Crystal Palace

Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique is wanted on loan at Crystal Palace, according to The Telegraph.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 17, 2013: Liverpool's Jose Enrique in action against Stoke City during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

John Percy writes that new Eagles boss Alan Pardew has made an inquiry for the Spanish defender and is keen to offer him regular football at Selhurst Park.

Palace are in need of a left-back, with former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly having arrived in the summer meaning regular right-back Julian Ward has deputised in the role.

With Jon Flanagan nearing a return to fitness, Brendan Rodgers may be tempted to allow Enrique – one of the club’s high earners given his role as a backup player – to leave on loan.

Speaking last week, Rodgers said “If everyone stays there might be a few who need to go out on loan because they are not playing so much.” Enrique would certainly fit into that category.

The Spaniard, 28, missed most of last season due to a knee injury and has made just five starts this campaign. The recent change to 3-4-2-1 shape has seen his opportunities limited further, with Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic rotating between the left wing-back / midfield position.

Earlier in the week, Pardew admitted he had attempted to sign another Liverpool player, forward Rickie Lambert.

“I had a conversation with Brendan [about Lambert] but I don’t think Rickie is going anywhere,” said the new Palace boss. “I think Rickie wants to stay there and try and win his position.”

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