Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has revealed that Luis Suarez’s spectacular goal against Newcastle on Sunday didn’t come from just a hopeful ball forward.
The Spaniard sent an inch perfect 70-yard ball over the top of Newcastle‘s defenders, onto which Suarez took the ball down with his shoulder, rounded goalkeeper Tim Krul and slotted away the equaliser in the 1-1 draw for Liverpool.
“I spoke with Luis before the game and I told him, if you have the chance and you see a space behind the Newcastle centre-back, just try and get in behind him,” said Enrique.
“We tried that and it worked, so I am very happy. I know his movement is really, really clever and that he is a great player.
“It was a good pass but, to be honest, the goal was all about the control from Luis. And his finish was 10 out of 10. It was amazing.
“We all know Luis already though, so it was no surprise.”
Meanwhile, Suarez’s goal also brought about the praise of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, who likened the Liverpool number seven to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
“He plays the false nine role like Messi does for Barcelona where he moves freely and others have to get in behind him to penetrate,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.
“Suarez’s goal was brilliant. He is a world-class striker.”
And former England international David Beckham said he was in awe of Suarez’s magical goal.
“It was exceptional, to score a goal like that. The way he brought the ball down, everything about it was amazing. It was amazing to watch it,” he said.