Jose Enrique has retired from football, the former Newcastle United and Liverpool defender has explained to Marca.

Without a club after a season with Real Zaragoza, Enrique believes he isn’t able to carry on because of a knee injury picked up during his time with Liverpool.

Enrique moved from Newcastle to Liverpool in 2011, and whilst it was a dream for the player, later followed his injury nightmare. The source of the Spaniard’s pain was a mystery, and Enrique was told it was all in his head.

“It was supposed to be for three months and it turned into two years. I saw five doctors in England, but they didn’t find the problem. It hurts me, but so many times they told me that it was a psychological problem that I came to believe it.”

Marca say Enrique’s final year at Liverpool was ‘horrible’ under Jurgen Klopp, not due to the German manager specifically but because the knee just wasn’t getting better.

Klopp made Enrique captain for his final Liverpool game, and that’s something the now former football will always be grateful for.

There had been suggestions in recent weeks that Enrique would be a good free agent for a club to pick up, with former club Newcastle United even linked, but he’s decided to call it a day at 31 years of age.