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Liverpool: Kolo Toure in contention for United clash

Manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Kolo's injury isn't as bad as first feared as he answered questions on transfers, Suarez and Manchester United

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Kolo Toure could be fit Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United Rodgers said: 'His injury is nowhere near as bad as we thought, we’ll assess that over the next 24 to 48 hours.

'We were all thinking he might be out for longer after the game [against Notts County]. He’s made an excellent recovery, the diagnosis is nowhere near as bad as what we thought. We’ll see how he is this weekend, but if it’s not this weekend, then after the international break he won’t be too far away.'

Reds boss Rodgers commented on the rivalry between the two clubs, and says he is confident that Liverpool can cause United problems on Sunday: 'There’s something that wee bit more intense about this rivalry,' he said.

'We’re very confident going into this game. It’s a game where it will be very close but we’re at home and we’ll look to take the initiative in the game.'

On the transfer front Rodgers refused to be drawn on any speculation which has seen Shay Given and Tiago Ilori rumoured to be close to joining the club in the past 24 hours, and said he had ‘never heard’ of Andriy Yarmolenko.

Rodgers quoted the statistic that Liverpool have become a more consistent side since they last met each other, with Liverpool only picking up two points fewer than their rivals down the East Lancs Road.

'The big thing for me is consistency and from when we played them in January, we’ve played 18 Premier League games each up until this point now, they’ve won 11 and we’ve won ten. We’ve drawn six games and they’ve drawn five.'

Questions were asked about Luis Suarez but the Liverpool boss was only answering questions about his fitness as he continues to serve the remainder of his ban from last season.

'What we will say he has been working very hard in training and played a game behind closed doors, the focus is purely on him getting him up to match fitness for the time he is available.'

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