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It’s like marking Messi! Liverpool’s Enrique hails ‘amazing’ Suárez

Liverpool's Jose Enrique compares Luis Suárez to Barcelona's Lionel Messi, saying the striker is impossible to defend against

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Luis Suárez has scored 21 Premier League goals this seasonPhoto: Back Page Images

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José Enrique claims Luis Suárez is impossible to mark and has likened the Liverpool striker to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

The Uruguay international is the Premier League’s top goal-scorer this season, netting 21 times in 27 top-flight appearances.

Suárez has become renowned in England for his ability to produce a bit of magic when beating opposition defenders.

And Enrique says even Suárez’s team-mates struggle to stop the South American in training, even though they know what the forward’s next move will be.

“I tell [Luis] all the time that he always does the same thing – he tries to do nutmegs. It’s always ‘megs, ‘megs, ‘megs. And you just know that he is going to do it but you can’t stop him,” Enrique told Liverpool’s website.

“When you know someone, you can know what they are going to do but he’s still a very difficult player to train against.

“He scores so many goals in training. It’s like with Messi – everyone says [Messi] is going to cut inside all the time. And you know that he is going to do this but you can’t stop him from cutting inside and scoring goals. With Luis [and nutmegs] it’s the same. Of course there are some differences between the two players.

“Luis is a great all-round striker but it’s not just about the goals, it’s about what he gives to the team – it’s about his personality and his attitude.

“He’s the same in training as what you see in games. He gives 100 per cent all the time. He never misses training and, touch wood, he has not been injured so far.

“Everyone wants to win – my character is that I don’t like to lose at anything – but with Luis, when he loses the ball; he knows exactly how to press again.

“It’s amazing, of course, how he scores goals and some of the goals he has scored have been incredible.”

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