Liverpool’s Enrique pleased by Suárez ‘connection’ after position switch
Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes he has developed an understanding with Luis Suárez since moving into left midfield
Jose Enrique believes he has developed a fruitful “connection” with striker Luis Suárez at Liverpool since his positional switch.
Brendan Rodgers has deployed the Spanish defender in a more advanced left-wing role in recent weeks, with the shrewd tactical move paying dividends.
Enrique’s long-range pass teed up Suárez for his spectacular strike in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle, before the former Villarreal man netted his first Liverpool goal against Wigan Athletic.
The 27-year-old was denied his second strike of the season by an offside flag at Swansea on Sunday, and Enrique is relishing his new attacking role.
“I really enjoy playing with Luis as well and I think we have a good connection. We understand each other and I have really enjoyed playing there with him,” Enrique told Liverpool’s website.
He added: “The manager has told Raheem and myself over the last few weeks that we have to help out in the box and score goals.
“Every team needs to [get bodies in the penalty area]. If you put crosses in, you need people in the box. Otherwise no-one will be there to finish the chance. So I try to arrive as much as I can.
“In every game you see goals like [the one I scored against Wigan] where players are arriving near the goalline and they have just one touch to put the ball in the net.
“You don’t have to score an amazing goal all the time. So I think it’s really important to try and be in those positions and get goals from there.
“I think I can score more goals. Against Swansea I was unlucky. Even now I don’t really know if it was offside or not. I’ve seen it two or three times already and I am not sure. But it is already in the past, so I’m not going to worry about it.
“If I continue to play in the left-wing position then I am definitely going to try and get more goals because in that position you have to.
“I like playing on the wing because I really like to go and attack, like everyone does. Most people prefer to attack than defend. That’s just normal.”