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Jose Enrique in Line for a Red Future as Liverpool Close in on Their Target

(Bleacher Report) The left back position has been a thorn in the side of Liverpool for the last year or more. Rafael Benitez had a hard time dealing with injury issues for Fabio Aurelio, and deputised Emiliano Insua for the majority of the 2009-10 season.

Roy Hodgson came in and loaned out Insua to Turkey, and signed Paul Konchesky from Fulham. That was joke before it was proven to be one, and only signified how bad the situation was at Anfield under Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Since the return of Kenny Dalglish to the helm he has been trying to fix the rectify the situation created by Hodgson. Konchesky was loaned out to Nottingham Forrest. Walking injured Aurelio whom player great when he was healthy, was deputised for by England right back Glen Johnson. That decision appeared to be genius as he came alive from the new challenge.

Insua has returned now and played a great second half in Malaysia last weekend, and Aurelio and youngster Jack Robinson both are healthy and ready to go. The Reds have already missed out on Manchester City capture Gael Clichy, but it appears they are finally on the verge of closing down a deal for Jose Enrique.

The Newcastle United left back has been on the Reds radar for months, and a deal for £11.5 million looks to be close to being completed. Despite him wanting Champions League football this season, it appears the ambitions of Kenny Dalglish and the new owners may have persuaded him to move to Merseyside and spend a season without European action in hunt for future glory.

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About thomasatzenhoffer

Thomas is a freelance sports writer and blogger from Greenville, South Carolina. He maintains The Daily Atz on Facebook, and you can follow him on twitter@thedailyatz for news from Liverpool FC, and the world of soccer. He is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist on Liverpool FC and World Football and publishes daily throughout the week on rumors, speculation, match previews, analysis, and special interest pieces. His education and life experiences have helped him to get to where he is today, along with his amazingly supportive fiance. Thomas holds a bachelors of science in both History and Entrepreneurial Business from Western Carolina University. Adding to his writing topics and experience he has also consulted on many green energy and business development projects, and writes articles for the HVAC, alternative energy and business fields.

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