EPL: Liverpool want to play like Barcelona

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Liverpool want to copy Barca's style
Liverpool, Aug 27: Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique has said the club wants to play similar to Barcelona's style after the Reds performance in the 2-2 draw against champions Manchester City on Sunday.

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New manager Brendan Rodgers' philosophy is similar to that of the Catalans which is passing, pressing and patience. Rodgers' former club Swansea City were successful in following such an approach.

The Reds performance at Anfield against City replicated Barca's style of play, build up from the back, pass and press higher up the pitch.

However, their new tactics hit back hard when defender Martin Skrtel lost concentration and gifted an equalising goal to City. Liverpool gave away the lead twice as Martin Kelly failed to clear the ball, only to see Yaya Toure smash one in for the champions.

Left-back Jose Enrique, who recovered from injury to replace Martin Kelly in the second half against City on Sunday, said the players are in a learning process but can pull of the style and technique under their new manager.

"This is the way we try to play. We can't compare with Barcelona they are different, but we are trying to play like this. We are starting to learn but we are learning well," ESPN quoted Jose Enrique as saying.

"The best team in the world is the best example, Barcelona. You could see against Real Madrid a few days ago, how when they have the ball it is amazing and when they lose it, within three or four seconds they have it back," the former Newcastle defender said.

Enrique, 26, feels Liverpool can achieve much success under Rodgers' style.

"He tells us when we lose the ball to press like lions. He wants the team, when we have the ball, to try to keep it but when we don't have the ball, to do better than when we have it, press and try to take the ball."

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