Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has spoken of his delight at the tactical approach new manager Brendan Rodgers is attempting to instil at the club.
The Ulsterman, who replaced Kenny Dalglish in early June, won plaudits for his ‘pass and move’ approach while in charge of Swansea, a method the fullback knows all about after learning his trade at Levante in Spain before spending a season each at Valencia and Villarreal, which earned him a move to Newcastle in 2007.
Kenny Dalglish then brought Enrique to Anfield last summer, and the Spaniard is delighted that Rodgers shares a similar footballing philosophy.
Enrique told the club’s official club: "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.
"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.”
The 26-year-old recently returned to Liverpool after a seven-week break, and is relieved that pre-season has so far been about playing football and not the gruelling fitness regime it is normally associated with.
Enrique has also noticed Rodgers’ attitude towards the youngsters in the squad and is impressed with how his methods are taking shape.
The defender added: “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.
"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."
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Enrique is still to receive his first international cap and after an impressive five-year spell in England many had tipped the Spaniard to push for a place in the Euro 2012 squad.
The left-back position was filled by Jordi Alba, who was one of the stand-out performers in Poland and Ukraine, and the Liverpool man is aware competition remains tough to force his way into Vicente del Bosque’s plans.
"To be in the national team is the best for a footballer,” Enrique added.
“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'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."