Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has been guiding the club's new Spanish recruits – Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas - through their opening weeks of pre-season training at Melwood.

The summer arrivals of Alberto and Aspas, from Sevilla and Celta Vigo respectively, have swelled the number of Spaniards in Brendan Rodgers' squad to five; the pair join Enrique, Pepe Reina and Suso.

With two seasons of experience at Anfield already behind him, the left-back has made himself available to the duo as they get to grips with a different language and a different environment.

"From the start they have been with me all the time and asking me things, which is normal," Enrique told LFC TV during a break from training.

"I did it before with other players. I told them that if they need me for anything they have me here - I know at the start and when you change country, it's difficult when you don't know the language."

Having plied his professional trade in Spain until a move to English football materialised in 2007, how much does Enrique know about our two new Iberian talents?

The 27-year-old said: "Aspas did really well with Celta Vigo and scored a lot of goals. I saw a few games but I don't really follow La Liga much; just my team Valencia, Levante, Madrid and Barcelona.

"I follow the Premier League more. But I know he's doing really well and Luis Alberto did really well at Barcelona. Hopefully they will do well here.

"You can't say much because training is physical now. We do a lot of work with the ball, but now it's more physical. But you can see Aspas is a really clever player and a good guy as well, like Luis."


The Liverpool No.3 has made 78 appearances for the club since making the move to Anfield himself two summers ago, and revealed his excitement for the forthcoming 2013-14 season.

"We have a really good team; we did already last year but with the few additions we have now, we have an even better team. Hopefully we'll do well and get where we want to be," he added.

"What I want to do is play as much as I can. I have to try to play better every season. Hopefully I can help the team, if I can score goals then much better. But the most important thing for me is to help the team.

"To be honest, during the summer I was working three or four times a week - not very hard, but something. I can really feel it.

"Of course, training is still really hard but I feel quite fit. We are looking forward now - the team we have this year is exciting. Hopefully it's going well."