Jose Enrique salutes Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez
Jose Enrique claims Luis Suarez has become as important to Liverpool as Lionel Messi is to Barcelona.
Last Updated: 12/03/13 11:26pm
Suarez is now considered to be a talismanic figure at Anfield, with Liverpool often looking to him for inspiration.
He has not disappointed this season, with a 29-goal haul offering the Reds hope in their efforts to secure a top-four finish and return to the UEFA Champions League.
Enrique concedes that Suarez is the man Brendan Rodgers' side will be relying on for the remainder of the campaign, with the Uruguay international having become as influential a figure on Merseyside as a fellow South American is in Catalunya.
"In the game all the time the first person I look for is him (Suarez) and he always makes a movement and I try to put the ball there and he does the rest," said Enrique.
"It is really easy to understand with him. He is our best player and he can do something from nothing.
"It's like at Barcelona - the first player they look for when the game is in a bad situation is Messi because you know he can do something.
"Luis is the same - I look for him because I know he can do something different and we understand each other."
A 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday offered Liverpool's top-four bid another welcome shot in the arm, and Enrique was relieved to see the Reds get over the line as their recent record against sides at the business end of the Premier League has been hugely disappointing.
The Spanish full-back added: "In the first half they killed us a little bit because they scored in the last minute. It was a little bit bad at that point but the manager said some words in the dressing room to lift us.
"They scored again in the second half and, to be honest, I didn't think we would win the game.
"The statistics speak for themselves - of course you want to win and we will try but for our mentality we don't have good experiences of this type when we are losing.
"But the team worked very hard and this is the important thing because when the team stick together you can see the results and the character from the team was really good."