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Enrique says Liverpool can be the Spain of the Premier League

Jose Enrique: Liverpool defender wants to play like Spain

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Jose Enrique believes Liverpool will play like Spain this season, after being impressed with Brendan Rodgers' training sessions.

The full-back is hoping to build on the Carling Cup he won last season and gain a place in the Spanish national side.

He knows that both his ambitions will be tough to achieve, but having returned for pre-season under his new manager the former Newcastle defender thinks things at Anfield are looking up.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: "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.

"I am really happy. For me it is the best way to play football, like Spain did, that's why they are the best at the moment.

"The training 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.

"He has only had a week with us but the training has been great. He is talking to both the young and experienced players the same, and I love that because it is really important to have the same treatment for both."

Catch the Eye

Enrique had to watch from afar as his countrymen lifted their third successive major title at Euro 2012, but he hopes he can put in the sort of performances that will see him catch the eye of Vicente del Bosque.

"To be in the national team is the best for a footballer," the 26-year old continued. " To be in a team like Spain is a dream for me. 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 watched all the games, they were amazing. Football is about moments - and now it is Spain's. Before, it was Brazil and Argentina. Spain try to play this way now and I think this is the best way to play. They've won many titles together now, and I'm really happy to be Spanish!

"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."

Battle

And Enrique is hoping Liverpool can make a return to the battle at the top of the Premier League in 2012/13.

He added: "Last year I won a Carling Cup and it was amazing.

"This season I hope we can win something again and try to play for the Champions League.

"We were away for seven weeks on holiday, but we are back again and it's important to be ready for next season."