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We’ve made progress! Liverpool’s Jose Enrique backs Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique says the 18-time English champions have made progress this season under Brendan Rodgers

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Jose Enrique believes Liverpool have made progress under Brendan Rodgers this season.

The Merseyside outfit, who made premature exits in the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League, are in seventh position and eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Enrique says the Reds squad have taken time to adapt to Rodgers’ style of play but is adamant that progress has been made.

“In terms of football and for the future, I think so [we've made progress],” Enrique told Liverpool’s website.

“As the manager said from the start, and Glen said, it’s difficult because he came with another type of football to the club that we’re not really used to in England.

“It’s difficult to get used to this system for players that have never played that type of football. Now you can see even in the games we are not winning, we are playing really well – Southampton is the only game that we didn’t play that well.

“Against West Ham, we tried until the end and played really well; we didn’t have luck in the final third. Of course, last year we played two finals and won one of them – you can see how difficult it is to win a trophy.

“We won one last year and nothing this year, but in terms of the future we have made progress.”

Enrique has also enjoyed a more attacking role in the Liverpool side this season, being shifted from full-back to left-midfield for large portions of the campaign.

“I have always been an attacking full-back but with this manager I’m even more,” Enrique added.

“Against West Ham I played like a striker and a lot of the time I have been in the box. I really like this style of play.

“You have to defend less sometimes; you always enjoy it more when you attack than when you defend – that’s normal. He has always said to me and Glen, and the other full-backs as well, that we have to play really high up the pitch.

“I really enjoy that because in the final third is where you enjoy it more.”

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