Enrique backs Champions League charge

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes the Reds are good enough to qualify for the Champions League this season ahead of the clash with Newcastle on Friday (Liverpool 4/7, Newcastle 11/2,  draw 3/1 – match betting).

Kenny Dalglish welcomes the Toon to Anfield knowing a win for his team over one of his former clubs could see them leapfrog Arsenal into fifth and go level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea.

The Reds might have been in a position to overtake the Blues had it not been for a frustrating 1-1 draw with bottom club Blackburn on Boxing Day.

Liverpool fans have been left pulling their hair out by some of the team’s performances at Anfield this season, with Norwich, Swansea and Sunderland all securing a share of the spoils on Merseyside.

In Newcastle they welcome a team with a number of defensive problems but one that has been performing well this season, occupying a place in the top four up until November.

Friday’s game will pit two former players against the Toon, with Enrique and Andy Carroll expected to start.

Despite struggling at home this season, Enrique believes the current squad has enough about them to finish in the top four and regain a place in the Champions League.

“I think we can do better, I think we can be in the Champions League positions,” said the summer signing.

“But the league is so hard because Manchester City and Manchester United are better than us.”

Liverpool (5/2 – top-four finish) will have to do without Luis Suarez due to his one-game ban, while Newcastle are sweating over the fitness of top scorer Demba Ba.

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