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Kolo Toure: 'Brendan Rodgers is similar to Arsene Wenger'

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure claims that are plenty of similarities between Brendan Rodgers and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has claimed that there are similarities between Brendan Rodgers and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Toure was brought to the Premier League by Wenger, before going on to become a key member of the Gunners squad which avoided defeat on the way to the title in the 2003-04 season.

The Ivorian believes that Rodgers has the ability to lead Liverpool back to form due to his approach, which he believes can be compared to Wenger's at Arsenal.

"I do see Wenger in him, because he's so intelligent. He knows how to speak to players and how to get the best out of them," Toure is quoted as saying by The Mirror. "He will prove that, because we will come out of this hard time.

"Last season was unbelievable. This season has been more tough. We need to stick with Brendan though, because he's one of the best managers in the Premier League.

"At the end of the day, he's a fair guy who is working hard and gives 100% every day. Like Arsene, he's always there at training, trying to improve things. His style of play is also similar. He always wants us to pass the ball and keep playing which is very important."

Liverpool will look to end a run of three successive defeats in the Premier League when they host Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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