Enrique: Reds should play like Spain

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

Last Updated: 12/07/12 at 18:31 Post Comment

Jose Enrique: Possession is the key

Jose Enrique: Possession is the key

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.

"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.

"He has only had a week with us but the training has been great, it is all with the ball, what more do you want?

"It's really hard, but it's very good. We have good players here to play in this way, and I think this season we can impress."

On his ambitions of making his international debut for his country Enrique told Liverpool's website: "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.

"It is very important, from the very first day, people know where they are going - they need to have a clear vision," he said.

"We will put in place a model and system which will hopefully allow us to go forward for many years.

"I live in the real world and it is important you have that sense of the present.

"But as someone who knows what direction we are looking to head that gives me a positive slant because I know where we want to end up.

"The problem is if you don't know where you are going. Of course there will be ups and downs along the way but the unity in the group will be important."

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.

"We started on a journey over the next couple of years where we were deemed to be one of the best footballing sides in Europe.

"It is the players you have and hopefully the players you bring in that make the difference.

"It is not this big radical change, it is sometimes an adaptation of what they have done, working on their mind to give them confidence and belief that whatever arena they go to anywhere in the world they can win the game."

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