Jose Enrique
Jose Enrique is confident Luis Suarez will make a major impact when he returns to play for Liverpool. [Reuters]

Jose Enrique is refusing to be drawn into talk that Liverpool can finally become genuine title challengers after an impressive start to the new Premier League season.

The Spanish left-back has played a crucial role in Liverpool maintaining their 100% start to the season, helping the club secure three consecutive clean sheets, and there seems a new sense of optimism amongst supporters.

Liverpool face a tricky away game against Swansea but should they maintain their winning start then they will move three points clear at the top of the table. Quizzed on whether the club should be considered title contenders, Enrique was understandably cautious.

"You never know but we have to be realistic," Enrqiue told "Our target is to be in the top four, hopefully we can fight for the title, that would be unbelievable.

"But we have to keep our feet on the ground, it's just the start and we have only played three games. There are still many games and things can change so much, but hopefully they don't!

"We have never started like this in the three years I have been here. It is important for confidence. We can see now all the work we have been doing with the manager since last year so hopefully we can keep it up."

Liverpool will be significantly boosted by the return of Luis Suarez who is set to make his comeback in the League Cup tie against Manchester United. The Uruguayan has linked particular well with Enrique and the Spaniard is in little doubt what he will offer the side upon his return.

"Goals," was the simple response from Enrique. "We are doing well without him but Luis Suarez is always more than welcome. He is one of our best players if not the best, I think he's important for us and when he comes back it will be great."

While Enrique has excelled so far this season he could come under pressure for his place in the team when Aly Cissokho returns from injury. Manager Brendan Rodgers says he wanted more competition for places and the former Newcastle defender is keen to prove his worth.

"I always have competition in my position wherever I've been," he added. "Here I've had Jack Robinson as well but it's important to have a good opposition because you know if you don't do well you have someone behind who can take you out of the team.

"He's a good guy as well, I've been talking with him and he speaks Spanish too. Hopefully we can fight for the position and I can still play."