Liverpool sealed the signing of Newcastle defender Jose Enrique on

Friday with the Spaniard describing the transfer as “one of the happiest

days of my life”.

Enrique joins Liverpool on a long-term deal

after the Reds paid Newcastle a reported transfer fee of £5.5m.

“This is one of the happiest days of my life,” Enrique told

“I have come to one of the biggest clubs not just in England, but in the world. I am really, really happy.”


25-year-old is Liverpool’s fifth signing of the summer, following the

acquisition of Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and

Alexander Doni.

Enrique could in theory be available for

Saturday’s season-opener against Sunderland although it is unlikely

manager Kenny Dalglish will give him a start after just one training


Enrique said he was ready to play if required.

“If the manager needs me, I am ready to play,” he said.


have already played for Newcastle in pre-season, not every game but two

or three games and I am fit and if the manager needs me, I am ready to


“My ambition is to win everything with Liverpool. This year

we won’t play in the Champions League, so the most important thing is

to try to win the league.”

Enrique spent four years at Newcastle after joining from Villarreal in 2007.