Liverpool FC left back Jose Enrique has insisted that he is well on his way to regain full fitness and is likely to appear in the opening fixture.

Jose Enrique made only six starts in the Premier League last season as he underwent a knee surgery in November last year. The Spaniard though is close to returning to full fitness and could make his first appearance in this year in Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture against Southampton.

“I’m feeling good.

“I was training on my own and running a lot, and it’s not the same when you play with a team, because it’s a lot more with the ball and a different type of running.

“I’m still getting my fitness back but I feel really good and confident that I can play soon.

“It’s little by little, and not just me, everyone is getting their fitness.

“If the manager wants me to play in the first game of the season, I am ready, of course.” – The Liverpool defender said in an interview.

The 28-year-old joined Liverpool in 2011 after spending four seasons at Newcastle United. He became a first team regular since his arrival at the club and was part of the 2012 League Cup winning side under Kenny Dalglish.

The Reds have now returned to the Champions League this season and Enrique is excited at the prospect of playing in Europe.

“Liverpool has been for a while without Champions League.

“I’ve never played in the Champions League and I’m so excited to play in this competition, because the best teams in the world are in this competition.

“I think Liverpool are one of the best teams in the world, so Liverpool have to be there as well.

“We’ll try to go as far as we can but, of course, not forget about the league and the two cups. We have a big squad and we want to compete for everything.

“Hopefully, like the manager says, we can win a trophy. We won one before with Kenny (Dalglish, the Capital One Cup in 2012).

“I know it wasn’t a Champions League or a league title but it was really exciting and, for the fans, it’s really good to win trophies.” – Enrique added.