Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique has likened team-mate Luis Suarez to world footballer of the year Lionel Messi.

The Uruguayan, who is the Premier League’s current top scorer with 21 goals, has been in fine form for the Reds this term, despite their domestic struggles.

As well as finding the back of the net, the 26-year-old has been praised for his repertoire of skills and tricks, some of which have left opposition defenders looking foolish.

Enrique celebrated the ability Suarez has shown this season, comparing him to Barcelona superstar Messi:

“I tell (Suarez) all the time that he always does the same thing – he tries to do nutmegs. It’s always ‘megs, ‘megs, ‘megs and you just know he is going to do it but you can’t stop him,” he is quoted by the Evening Standard.

“It’s like with Messi: everyone says he is going to cut inside all the time and you know he is going to do this but you can’t stop him from cutting inside and scoring goals.

“With Luis it’s the same (but) of course there are some differences between the two players.”

Suarez has been the focal point of Liverpool’s attack for much of the season, with a lack of attacking options rather limiting manager Brendan Rodgers’ options.

Daniel Sturridge arrived at the club during January, and despite his blistering start to life at Anfield, the number seven is still their star man.

Enrique celebrated the performances of the ex-Ajax attacker, and believes he brings much more than just goals to the team:

“Luis is a great all-round striker but it’s not just about the goals, it’s about what he gives to the team – it’s about his personality and his attitude,

“He’s the same in training as what you see in games. He gives 100 per cent all the time. He never misses training and, touch wood, he has not been injured so far.”

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