Liverpool want to play like Barcelona, says Jose Enrique
27 August 2012 10:55
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Liverpool defender Jose Enrique says that the club want to play 'like Barcelona' this season - as if there were any lingering doubts over Brendan Rodgers' preferred tactics after the club's 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.Rodgers' Swansea side earned the nickname 'Swansalona' in their debut Premier League season last campaign, and the Reds played in a similar manner against the champions, passing at all costs and pressing high up the pitch.
Back in action: Jose Enrique returned from injury on Sunday
Enrique, 26, insists the club will continue to try and emulate the style of the four-time Champions League winners, despite defensive errors marring their performance at Anfield.'The best team in the world is the best example: Barcelona. You could see against Real Madrid a few days ago, how when they have the ball it is amazing and when they lose it, within three or four seconds they have it back,' the Spaniard told ESPN.'This is the way we try to play. We can’t compare with Barcelona they are different, but we are trying to play like this. We are starting to learn but we are learning well.'
Insistent: Rodgers (right) demands his team pass at all costs
Enrique, who returned from a knee injury to replace Martin Kelly from the bench on Sunday, believes that Liverpool will reap the benefits of Rodgers' style of play once they have cut out their defensive errors. 'I think this is the way we have to play this year. Because there is a new manager, we need time, but if we can play like this I think we will get many points. It is like the manager wants,' the former Celta Vigo, Villarreal and Newcastle man added. 'He tells us when we lose the ball to press like lions. He wants the team, when we have the ball, to try to keep it but when we don’t have the ball, to do better than when we have it, press and try to take the ball.'