Luis Suarez is like Lionel Messi, says Liverpool teammate

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Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique has compared his teammate Luis Suarez to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, claiming their abilities to glide past defenders are very similar.

Uruguayan international Suarez has been in sensational form this season, and currently leads the Premier League scoring charts with 21 goals. 

While this tally does not quite match up to Messi's incredible total of 39 league goals, Spanish left-back Enrique believes Suarez is just as good at dribbling as the Argentinian captain.

He told Liverpool's official website: "I tell Luis all the time that he always does the same thing - he tries to do nutmegs. And you just know that he is going to do it, but you can't stop him.

"When you know someone, you can know what they are going to do - but he's still a very difficult player to train against.

"He scores so many goals in training. It's like with Messi - everyone says he is going to cut inside all the time. And you know that he is going to do this but you can't stop him from cutting inside and scoring goals. With Luis, it's the same."

Enrique believes 26-year-old Suarez has other qualities too.

"Of course, there are some differences between the two players," he said. "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% all the time."

Enrique also gave his thoughts on the battle for this season's PFA Player of the Year award, with Suarez expected to compete with the likes of Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale for the accolade.

"Van Persie and Bale are on fire," he said. "Van Persie has been very important for Manchester United this season and Bale is doing very well.

"But Luis is my friend, so I would like him to win the Player of the Year award. It will be difficult for him. But, of course, I think he deserves it."

Suarez has been linked with a move away from Anfield in recent weeks, with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola supposedly interested in signing the South American in the summer, when he takes over at Bayern Munich.

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