JOSE ENRIQUE hailed the ‘amazing’ Luis Suarez after the in-form striker rescued a point against Newcastle at Anfield – but admits Liverpool need to ease the burden on him.
Suarez netted his 10th goal of the season when he brilliantly controlled Enrique's long pass and finished in style.
The Uruguayan, whose effort cancelled out Yohan Cabaye's first-half strike, has now scored seven times in his last nine league games. But ultimately the Reds were left to rue a succession of missed chances and Enrique says they can't keep relying on Suarez to provide a finishing touch.
“It was an amazing goal from Luis but it's no surprise as we know what he can do,” said the full-back.
“Every game he does something like this and he's such a key player for us.
“Before the game I told him I would try a pass like that because behind the centre-backs there is always a lot of space.
“It was a great pass but it was an amazing goal – the control and the finish was 10 out of 10.
“Luis scored a lot of goals in Holland. He had a great record there and we know he will score a lot of goals for us.
“He is still a young player and he has a lot of football to play. 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.”
Liverpool have only scored 13 goals in 10 league games and five of those came in September's thrashing of Norwich City.
Yesterday's stalemate leaves Brendan Rodgers' side 12th in the Premier League but Enrique insists the top four remains a realistic target.
“We are frustrated because we played some really good football and we had some good chances to score more goals,” he added.
“Of course it's not a good position to be in the table.
“We want to be in the top four and at the moment there are many teams above us.
“But if we had beaten Newcastle we would have only been four points behind the Champions League positions.
“It's not that far away. If we were to win three or four games in a row we would be up there.”
Enrique kept his place at left-back after Glen Johnson was once again ruled out with a hamstring injury.
The Spaniard believes he's ideally suited to the attacking role Rodgers has handed him.
“With this manager the style of play is different than we played before,” he added.
“We are all getting used to it and every game we are playing better.
“I use a lot more energy going forward now as this is the type of football the manager wants from his full-backs. It's a great to play like this and it will get us results.
“Defensively I have less work now than before. I am more of an offensive player
“Against Newcastle I was able to get forward a lot, like I did when I was playing in Spain.
“I enjoy attacking more than defending. In games like this where we are in control I'm able to attack and try to get into the box.”