Liverpool Transfer News: Dalglish to Solve Left-Back Issue with Jose Enrique

Jake WareCorrespondent IIIAugust 1, 2011

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19:  Jose Enrique of Newcastle during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday at St James' Park on August 19, 2009 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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If a Liverpool fan had to point out one area where the team needed significant improvement, they would look to the left-back position in a heartbeat. Last season, the team rotated five players at the spot, including 17-year-old Jack Robinson.

Now, Kenny Dalglish appears set to turn to St. James' Park for a permanent solution.

Spaniard Jose Enrique joined Newcastle United from La Liga in 2007 for a £6.3 million fee after impressing at Villarreal. The 25-year-old made 129 appearances for the Northern club in his four seasons there, but since January has been chased by several of Europe's top clubs, including Real Madrid, Arsenal and, of course, Liverpool.

Now, Dalglish looks ready to pull the trigger to complete a long-speculated transfer that would immediately solve Anfield's defensive crisis.

Enrique has never been an offensively skilled player, with only one goal in his Newcastle career, but he is considered one of the very best defensive players in the league and would be an instant upgrade on the Liverpool flank. He would complement new signing Stewart Downing well down the left and would continue to improve a growing Liverpool side.

Enrique is uncapped for Spain, and in a season will be eligible for the England national team.

Dalglish is hoping to be able to bring Enrique in along with another defender, Birmingham's centre back Scott Dann, for a combined £15 million. 

UPDATE: Jose Enrique is headed to Liverpool following a £8m transfer fee.