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Former Liverpool defender Enrique forced to retire at 31: 'I couldn't play without medication'

The Spaniard has been unable to recover from a knee injury.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Liverpool v Swansea City - Anfield Jose Enrique celebrates after scoring for Liverpool against Swansea City in 2013. Source: PA Archive/PA Images

SPANISH LEFT-BACK JOSE Enrique has announced his retirement from football.

The former Liverpool and Newcastle United defender has been forced to bring his career to a premature conclusion after being unable to shake off a long-term knee injury.

“I couldn’t play without medication. I did not even train. It was hard, desperate. Sometimes I got dizzy in training on so much medication,” he told Spanish publication Marca.

“After every game my knee swelled like a ball and I was barely able to walk for three days. Something that was supposed to be for three months ended up turning into two years.

“I saw five doctors in England but they did not get the problem. It hurts me, but so many times they told me that it was a psychological problem that I came to believe it.”

it comes with a very heavy heart today to announce my retirement from professional football. Its been a very hard decision to take and accept. I would of loved to have played more years at my best level if my body would of let me but all good things have to come to an end and more in football. I just want to say a huge thanks to all of the fans and clubs who have supported me throughout my career. You have been the best! I have been blessed to play for some of the best teams in the world, with some of the best players in the world. these memories will stay with me forever. ❤️⚽️ #thankyou Below is the link to my interview for the Spanish newspaper marca. But you can also find it on sky sports.

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Enrique joined Newcastle from Villarreal in 2007. After four years at St James’ Park, he signed for Liverpool and made 99 appearances, winning a League Cup in 2012, before departing for Real Zaragoza in 2016.

Despite undergoing further surgery on the injury, the problem persisted and Enrique has now brought the curtain down on his career after just one season back in Spain.

“I want to be an older man who can walk, not an invalid,” he added.

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