Jose Enrique recently went to the press and claimed that he, Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli feel alienated at Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers forced them to train alone, but now the manager has had his reply.
It’s clear that Rodgers has no plans for the aforementioned trio, and the best thing for their careers will be for them to move on – but so far – the club’s failed to find buyers.
These comments from Rodgers though can be interpreted as a straight promise to the Spanish left-back and the two Italian forwards that unless they accept transfers – they’ll continue as outcasts.
“It’s not something that I’m overly concerned on. Any manager will tell you, if a player’s playing, he’ll be super happy – if they’re not, they won’t be,” Rodgers began, in quotes taken from the Echo.
“What never changes for me is I always offer every player the respect whether they’re playing in the team or not playing.
“And I’ll always do what is best for the team, always treat the individual with the respect, so they understand the situation where they’re at.
“But it’s then their choice. If the manager and the club give a player a situation, then if they really want to play, between them and their agent I’m sure they’ll find a solution to do that.
“If they don’t then at least they know where they stand.
“The environment we’ve created here is to get the maximum out of the players that are going to work for us. So the comments whether they were said or not said, it’s irrelevant to me.”
The three players know they’re not going to play for us much, if at all, this term, but economically – they’re not going to get better offers at their next clubs either.
Nor are they going to play for a side as ambitious as us, but they might have the chance to play, which for footballers who are already millionaires, should be a priority.
Frankly, fans and the management have grown tired of the players, and both sets would urge them to accept outside offers and prove themselves to be better players and better professionals than they’ve managed to while at Anfield.