Toure: Rodgers is responsible for Reds transformation


    Kolo Toure believes Brendan Rodgers is the reason why Liverpool have shown such a dramatic improvement in the Premier League this season. RodgersToure

    The Ivorian centre back believes the man-management skills and training methods implemented by the Northern Irishman have been the key factor behind the clubs progress.

    Toure – who arrived in the summer on a free transfer from Manchester City – believes Rodgers tactics and belief in his players has enabled the Reds to challenge at the top end of the table.

    Liverpool currently occupy fourth spot in the Premier League, six points clear of fifth placed Tottenham, and only four points behind league leaders Chelsea.

    And with just 11 league games remaining, the Reds are in an excellent position to end their five year absence from the Champions League.

    “We have a great manager here,” Toure told the ECHO.

    “He knows what he wants and as a player he gives you confidence. “Whatever you do, he will always help you.

    It doesn’t matter if you have made some mistakes, he keeps talking to you and keeps believing in you.

    He’s a really intelligent manager.

    “Every day the training sessions are always amazing and that can only improve our quality.

    “Coming to Liverpool has been amazing for me. When I came here I saw a group of players who were really focused and concentrated.

    “I think the manager has done so well – since he came here a lot of things have changed. Teams know that when we play at home we can destroy them.

    “At the beginning of the season no-one was expecting us to be where we are now. We just need to enjoy it, give 100% and fight for each other to win games.

    “If we work together we can beat any team.”

    Toure knows what it takes to win a Premier League title, having done so with both Arsenal and Manchester City.

    And the 32-year-old hopes his experience will play a big part in helping Liverpool’s younger players over the final third of the season.

    “At this stage of the season there are a lot of nerves and this is when you need to keep calm, believe and concentrate,” he said.

    “I like to help my team-mates, I like to be around the team and bring my experience.

    “What has impressed me about the young players here is that they are strong mentally. You saw that against Swansea.

    “It’s unbelievable how hard players like Jordan (Henderson) and Raheem (Sterling) work. Jordan is always helping the team and talking a lot.

    “This team has everything. We just need to keep our nerve. We are up there but we know there are some hard games coming up.”

    Toure came on as a substitute for the final half hour of Liverpool’s nervy 4-3 win over Swansea on Sunday.

    The centre back has been under the spotlight recently after a couple of high profile errors against West Brom and Fulham, however he insists those mistakes did not play on his mind when helping the Reds secure a vital three points over the Swans.

    “Of course I was able to put those things behind me because it’s part of the game,” he said.

    “Only people who take responsibility make mistakes. For me, I like to take responsibility. I like to pass the ball. That’s my job.

    “Like a basketball player, if you miss one shot, you have to be brave and take another one.

    “You don’t feel sorry for yourself. You don’t think ‘I missed so I won’t try again’. I’ve just kept working hard.”

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