The final day of the transfer window brought little action from Liverpool FC, with all the Reds’ business having been completed much earlier in the summer.
The first, and possibly most disappointing, news of the day was that Jose Enrique remains a Liverpool player.
The unwanted Spanish left-back had been linked with a move to West Brom – which seemed odd given Tony Pulis’ desire for solid defenders rather than ones who spend more time taking selfies than playing football.
Enrique has featured in 18 games for Liverpool in the last two seasons – and has been subbed at half-time in his last two starts for the club, against FC Basel and Bolton back in December and January.
Earlier this month Enrique gave an interview to Spanish paper AS in which he bizarrely claimed “I know that if I stay I’ll play.” He won’t.
Not sure Jose is going to vacate the premises during this window, so maybe we can all reconvene & discuss the same topic in January?
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) September 1, 2015
Enrique had been made to train away from the first-team squad this summer, along with Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini, so it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.
Meanwhile, in possibly even more disappointing news, Tiago Ilori has been allowed to leave the club on loan to Aston Villa – who will have an option to buy the Portuguese centre-back next summer.
Ilori becomes the 17th player to head out on loan this summer, having arrived at the club exactly two years ago and never been given an opportunity. He’s never made his debut for the club, despite Brendan Rodgers saying this after spending up to £7 million on him:
“He is 6′ 3”, super quick, power, can jump, and he just needs to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Premier League. He is one for the future, but he can be a really big talent.”
Ilori had reportedly turned down a loan move to Sunderland on Monday and was keen to force his way into Rodgers’ plans – but he finds himself behind Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Mamadaou Sakho and Kolo Toure.
Liverpool will bank a £1 million loan fee from Villa, with the Midlands side then able to make the move permanent next summer.
Ilori follows Lazar Markovic out of the club, a very talented European youngster who has never been given a chance under Rodgers.