Saturday, 29 November 2014
Rodgers reminds me of Wenger, says Arsenal old-boy Kolo Toure
Kolo Toure has likened under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers to his old manager Arsene Wenger and is confident the Northern Irishman can turn Liverpool’s season around.
The Merseysiders have endured a tricky start to the new campaign, failing to win their last four Premier League outings and languishing in 12th place, while they face a must-win clash with Basel in their final Champions League match.
Toure, though, is confident Rodgers can get Liverpool back to the levels that saw them challenge for the title last season and has praised the Wenger-like philosophy he is installing at Anfield.
“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 in The Mirror. “He will prove that, because we will come out of this hard time.
“Just look at what he’s done during a short time here. When he arrived Liverpool were doing badly. He came in and brought the club a long way up.
“Maintaining it is more difficult than first coming up there. I think he is learning. This season is a learning process but he will get there.
“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 per cent 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 succumbed to a late draw against Ludogorets on Wednesday night meaning they not won a Champions League encounter since September, but Toure believes Rodgers is simply adapting to the Champions League.
“This is the first time he has managed in the Champions League,” the Ivory Coast centre-back added.
“He is learning. The Champions League is tough. We’ve seen it with teams like City, who have found it tough. You have to learn about it.
“You need time as a manager. I think he has done a great job for this club and we like him. He works so hard and gives 100%. That’s why I am sure we will get out of this spell we’re in.”