Spaniard also says he is loving his time at Anfield.
Liverpool defender Jose Enrique says that he wants to emulate veteran centre-back Jamie Carragher by playing in more than 700 games for the Merseyside giants.
The Reds’ legendary some-time skipper has decided to finally call it a day at Anfield at the end of this season after 17 fantastic years with the Premier League club, an achievement that Enrique says is inspirational as he sets out on his own career at Liverpool.
And the Spanish left back, who only arrived at the club from Newcastle United in August 2011 for just £7 million, is slowly starting to finally feel at home with the Reds after a difficult start to life at Liverpool in his first campaign.
But, having now featured in 75 games in all competitions for Liverpool, the 27-year-old is getting better with each match, so much so that Enrique has been one of Brendan Rodgers’s most consistent performers this season.
“One of the reasons I came here was Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and now Luis Suarez,” Enrique said in the Sun.
“These are players that have amazing history at the club and I want to try to be like them in the future here.”
“You have to respect the past he has here – he’s a player that has played 700 games.
“It’s not lucky, he deserves it. He has been an amazing player for Liverpool for many years and he’s an example for any player here.”