Downing tips Enrique for Spain

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Stewart Downing has insisted that Jose Enrique is good enough to receive a call-up for the Spain national team, with the left-back impressing so far this season for Liverpool.

Enrique moved to Anfield in August, and fans have taken kindly to the Spaniard, with Enrique providing important assists as well as fine defensive displays on Merseyside.

And while he only managed three appearances for the Spain Under 21 squad between 2006-2008, Downing believes the 25-year-old should now take the chance to show his country just how good he really is.

"Jose is a talented player and has done very well since he's come here," Downing told the official Liverpool website.

"He must have a great chance of getting in the Spain squad and maybe he will be lining up against England.

"I enjoy playing alongside him and I think you can see we're gelling as a team."

Downing is yet to break his goalless spell for Liverpool, after making 11 appearances for the side this season. And the winger believes that while he has faced some bad luck at times, he is hoping to up his game and beat teams off easily.

"I think I've hit every part of the goal apart from the net so far," he explained. "It was unlucky. But the pleasing thing is that we won and that's the main thing.

"We played some good stuff and the manager is happy with us winning but I'm sure he would like to see us killing teams off better than we are."

Liverpool face a tough few weeks in the Barclays Premier League, with the side taking on Chelsea and Manchester City in their next three matches. The Reds will be hoping to defeat Swansea this weekend to provide at least a three point buffer and continue challenging for a top four spot.

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