Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Enrique: Reds should be like Spain

Jose Enrique wants Liverpool to emulate the way Spain play

Defender Jose Enrique believes Liverpool can play the Spain way under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds boss has consistently stressed his style is not to copy other teams but develop a way to win which suits the players he has while also leaning heavily on possession football.

But Spaniard Enrique, who still harbours ambitions to play for his national side, feels they can emulate the tactics of Vincente del Bosque's two-time European champions and World Cup winners.

"For me it is the best way to play football, like Spain did, that's why they are the best at the moment," he said. "With the manager we play with the ball a lot and we are really happy with him."

He added: "I'm really impressed. I know how he likes to play because we played against Swansea last year and I've seen them many times."

On his ambitions of making his international debut for his country Enrique told liverpoolfc.com: "I know it's really hard now because Jordi Alba played in the Euros and did very well and he has just signed for Barcelona.

"I'm still working to be there in the future. If I can be there, of course it would be a dream, but my job is here to play for Liverpool and there are still many things to do here."

Rodgers has insisted that with a clear strategy in place there need not be radical changes made at Anfield other than a couple of tweaks to the squad.

Meanwhile, Rodgers believes his experience at Swansea told him all he needed to know about his methods.

"I arrived and they had scored 40 goals the season before - the third lowest in all four leagues," he said. "With a slight structural change, a move offensive game and the introduction of three or four players it totally changed the face of how we played."