Tiki-taka just the ticket for Liverpool, insists Enrique

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique insists tiki-taka can work in the Premier League.
Liverpool defender Jose Enrique insists tiki-taka can work in the Premier League. Photo: PA

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique insists tiki-taka can work in the Barclays Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers has been quick to impose his philosophy on the Reds following his summer arrival from Swansea.

And the impending transfer of Joe Allen from the Liberty Stadium is a further step in that direction.

Yet the argument has always been that such tactics would flounder in the Premier League, which provides more muscular opposition and allows greater physical contact.

Enrique does not believe that should be a barrier.

The 26-year-old recalls exactly the same things were being in Spain until Barcelona began their era of dominance.

"It hasn't worked here because no-one has tried," he said.

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

Enrique has spent five years in England, the first four with Newcastle.

And he certainly hopes tiki-taka catches on.

"I hope this is the future of football rather than just kick the ball to the striker," he said.

"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."

As Rodgers knew his first signing, Fabio Borini, pretty well from working with him at Chelsea and Swansea, it is no surprise to discover the Italian also fits into that template.

In addition to marking his home debut with the opening goal in last night's 3-0 win over FC Gomel, Borini has struck up an instant rapport with skipper Steven Gerrard and striker Luis Suarez, whose overall performance last night was the inspiration behind Liverpool's win.

Allen is from the same mould, so the direction Rodgers wants to go in cannot be lost on record signing Andy Carroll.

Greeted with huge applause from the Anfield faithful as he warmed up as a substitute last night, it is hard to see how Carroll could be any more than an impact player if he remains on Merseyside.

The situation surrounding Daniel Agger is a lot less straightforward.

Rodgers is adamant he wants to keep the Denmark defender. However, he knows Manchester City have the funds to make an offer Liverpool cannot refuse, even if the current Premier League champions appear hamstrung by their inability to off-load some of Roberto Mancini's cast-offs.

The air of uncertainty is not doing Rodgers' team building plans much good.

Whilst last night's triumph set up an eye-catching two-legged encounter with Hearts, who will be eager to avoid the five-goal home hammering they suffered from Tottenham at exactly the same stage of the same competition last season, Liverpool's over-riding priority is the Premier League.

And, nine days away from their opening fixture at West Brom, Enrique acknowledges the positive impact Rodgers has already had.

"This manager is going to be very good for us," said the full-back.

"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."