Enrique backs Rodgers regime

Although Barcelona and Spain have deployed the passing philosophy to devastating effect, most observers have argued it would not work in a more physical environment such as the English game.

However, Swansea impressed while playing a similar style under Brendan Rodgers in last season’s Premier League.

Having taken the Liverpool job this summer, Rodgers has been quick to impose his philosophy at Anfield and defender Enrique sees no reason why it cannot work for the Reds this season.

“It hasn’t worked here because no-one has tried,” said the Spanish left-back.

“In Spain six years ago, people said you couldn’t win with ‘tiki-taka’ and small players. At the moment Barcelona win everything.

“I hope this is the future of football rather than just kick the ball to the striker,” Enrique added.

Positive start

“In Spain many teams play like this. Of course, it depends on the quality of the players, but we are trying.

“We are doing well at the moment because we have only been together for one month.”

Rodgers’ first signing Fabio Borini is a very different kind of forward to Liverpool’s 6ft 3in striker Andy Carroll.

‘Tiki-taka’ also suits Swansea’s 5ft 6in midfielder Joe Allen, who is set to become Rodgers’ next recruit, and Enrique believes the new Liverpool boss will bring out the best in his game too.

“This manager is going to be very good for us,” he added. “I know I will improve with him.

“Before I played more with the centre-backs, now I play like a forward because I am really high up the pitch.

“I am only 26, so I can get better. I also hope I can score some goals.”

Enrique has scored just once since joining Newcastle from Villarreal in 2007 and is still waiting for his first Liverpool goal after 45 appearances for the Reds.

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