Luis Suarez is Liverpool's Lionel Messi says Jose Enrique
The Uruguayan striker is enjoying his best season at Anfield
Wednesday 13 March 2013
Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes striker Luis Suarez performs the same role for the Reds as Lionel Messi does for Barcelona in being the go-to guy in times of trouble.
The Spaniard has developed a good understanding with the 29-goal striker and provided another assist for the Barclays Premier League's leading scorer against Tottenham on Sunday.
Enrique sees similarities with the bond he struck with another Uruguayan, Diego Forlan, when the two played together at Villarreal.
And he likened Suarez's influence on Liverpool with that of Messi's for Barcelona.
"If you are good players you understand each other," said the defender, who is enjoying a good run of form since returning as first-choice left-back, after it had appeared his Anfield future was in doubt during the first half of the season.
He added: "When I was at Villarreal with Forlan I linked up really well with him as well.
"In the game all the time the first person I look for is him (Suarez) and he always makes a movement and I try to put the ball there and he does the rest.
"It is really easy to understand with him. He is our best player and he can do something from nothing.
"It's like at Barcelona - the first player they look for when the game is in a bad situation is Messi because you know he can do something.
"Luis is the same - I look for him because I know he can do something different and we understand each other."
The victory over Spurs was seen as something of a watershed moment in terms of the side overcoming a perceived mental block in regards to recovering losing positions.
Their 3-2 win over their third-placed opponents was only the second time this season Brendan Rodgers' team had come from behind to win in a league game.
And when Spurs took a 2-1 lead at Anfield Enrique admits their previous poor record had him thinking a victory was unlikely.
"In the first half they killed us a little bit because they scored in the last minute," he said.
"It was a little bit bad at that point but the manager said some words in the dressing room to lift us.
"They scored again in the second half and, to be honest, I didn't think we would win the game
"The statistics speak for themselves - of course you want to win and we will try but for our mentality we don't have good experiences of this type when we are losing.
"But the team worked very hard and this is the important thing because when the team stick together you can see the results and the character from the team was really good."
Latest in Sport
Brooklyn Beckham poses in Arsenal training kit following rumours of signing for the Gunners
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Transfer talk: Juan Cuadrado Chelsea move imminent; Manchester United eye Nathaniel Clyne; Andre Schurrle medical at Wolfsburg
Danny Ings to Liverpool: The Reds attempt to steal a march on rivals in race to sign Burnley striker
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures