Enrique hoping for 'something special'
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Jose Enrique believes cup success can kick-start Liverpool's attempts to return to the top, as he prepares to take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup fifth round at Anfield.

Kenny Dalglish's side are already in the League Cup final, facing another Championship club, Cardiff City, at Wembley at the end of the month. Victory over Gus Poyet's team tomorrow would take them into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup as they look to end their trophy drought.

The Reds have not won any silverware since lifting the FA Cup in 2006, and failing to win anything this season would equal their longest run without a trophy since 1973.

The Anfield club are four points adrift of fourth place as they look to avoid a third successive season out of the UEFA Champions League and several of their recent signings, such as Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, have come in for criticism.

We came because we believe this club is going up and trying to be at the top again. Liverpool have to be there.
Jose Enrique, Liverpool defender

Spanish defender Enrique, 26, who joined from Newcastle United last summer, accepts that returning to Europe's top competition is the major priority. But he feels that winning both cup competitions would be a significant step in Liverpool's development.

"I'm really happy already because we're in a final and I have never played in one," Enrique said. "Of course, if we can play in another one it's even more of a dream. This club has big history but it's not just history, we have good players now, they [the owners] want to spend money on players and want to buy good players.

"We have a really good team already but they want to make it better and that's why I came here. I hope it's the start of something special. That's why I came here and why many players came here this season. We came because we believe this club is going up and trying to be at the top again. Liverpool have to be there.

"I remember I heard someone say that the Champions League without Liverpool is not the same and I think that's the truth. Liverpool are always there. It's a few years we've not been there and we have to try and be there again."