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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Enrique unfazed by league position

Published 05/11/2012 | 15:34

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Jose Enrique, pictured, is in the first-team picture following an injury to Glen Johnson

Defender Jose Enrique insists Liverpool are only a couple of wins away from re-establishing themselves as top-four challengers.

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A fifth draw in 10 Barclays Premier League matches at home to Newcastle on Sunday left Brendan Rodgers' side six points adrift of fourth place. However, Enrique believes performances like the one against his former club show progress is being made and the situation is not as gloomy as is being made out.

"Of course it's not a good position to be in the table," said the Spaniard in reference to their current 12th place. "We want to be in the top four and I know that is difficult at the moment as there are many teams above us. But if we had beaten Newcastle we would have only been four points behind the Champions League positions."

He added: "It's not that far away. If we were to win three or four games in a row we would be up there."

Key to them achieving that, however, will be their ability to transform their fortunes in front of goal. So far they have scored just 13 league goals - and five of those came at Norwich - with striker Luis Suarez contributing seven strikes.

Everyone acknowledges that without the Uruguay international, who scored a brilliant equaliser to cancel out Yohan Cabaye's opener at Anfield, Liverpool would be in a much worse position.

Rodgers is working hard to rectify the situation when the January transfer window opens but in the interim Enrique said it was up to other players to find supplementary goals.

"It was an amazing goal from Luis - the control and finish was 10 out of 10 - but it's no surprise as we know what he can do," said the left-back.

"Every game he does something like this and he's such a key player for us. Luis scored a lot of goals in Holland (for Ajax). He had a great record there and we know he will score a lot of goals for us. It's a dream to play with someone like him but we can't depend on one player.

"We need more players to score as we can't always look to Luis."

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