Liverpool's Jose Enrique believes former teammate Luis Suarez will have no problems adapting to Spanish football, backing the striker to keep up his fine goal-scoring form with Barcelona.
Enrique made 37 La Liga appearances in a two-season spell during the earlier stages of his career, spending the 2005-06 campaign on loan at Celta Vigo from Valencia, before moving in 2006 to Villarreal, where his impressive performances saw Newcastle United hand over £6.3million to bring him to England.
Forced to watch most of Suarez’s 31-goal season from the sidelines, after suffering with injuries throughout the campaign, the Spanish left-back sees the £75million front man taking to life in his homeland with ease and, despite being just one part of Barca’s embarrassment of attacking riches, thinks he will go on to further affirm his status as one of the best attackers in the game.
‘Luis is a top class player, so of course he’ll do well there. He’s the type of player who’s going to do well wherever he goes,’ he told Sky Sports News.
‘I completely believe he’s going to carry on his form at Barcelona, and be one of the world’s best players like he was here.’
Returning to fitness during Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the USA, Enrique witnessed Jon Flanagan impress when filling his spot in the lineup last season and could now see further competition arriving from La Liga itself, with the impending signings of Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno and Atletico Madrid’s Javi Manquillo.
However, the battle for places does not concern the former Levante prospect, who believes he will win back his place in the starting XI if 100 per cent fit.
‘I know if I am fully fit, I’ll be there. I believe in myself a lot and have done my whole life,’ he said.
I’ve been a starter here for a long time but in all the teams that I’ve been in before I was second-choice from the start before winning the job, so I’m not worried.’