Toure on his best player, and title chances, Rodgers on playing catch-up

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Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes the return of Philippe Coutinho to the Liverpool squad can help Liverpool bounce back from their weekend defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey condemned Liverpool to their second defeat of the season – leaving the Reds in third place in the Premier League table – five points adrift of the Gunners who currently sit on top spot.

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Toure told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I call Coutinho ‘my player’. I think he’s amazing and can make the difference in matches.

‘This season he’s been out injured but now he’s back he’s going to be amazing for us.

‘I really like him. He’s my best player. In training he’s one of the hardest to mark. He’s still young but he’s got that magic.’

Despite the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, Toure believes that along with the Gunners, Liverpool still have what it takes to lift the title come the end of the season.

‘Both Arsenal and Liverpool definitely have what it takes to win the title. Two great teams, with great spirit.

‘Both teams work hard and fight and, even though Liverpool were in a difficult situation, we kept fighting and I think that’s really good. Both teams are strong mentally.’

One story that surfaced over the weekend in the Metro was regarding Luis Suarez saying he has heard of no approach from Real Madrid and is looking forward to having a good season with Liverpool. Though this seems a little unusual as Suarez being quoted in the Uruguayan media seems to happen during an international break.

Suarez is quoted telling a Uruguayan radio station: ‘In the team we are all really excited, looking forward and looking forward to a good season.

‘The Premier League is the best league there is. The stadiums, the atmosphere and the fans make football here so entertaining.’

Manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted Liverpool are playing catch-up compared to their rivals for the Champions League places.

The Liverpool boss told the press after his side's defeat to Arsenal: ‘Without a major investment that just takes a bit of time.

‘But listen, they’re a team here, I watched them [Arsenal] against Napoli and they were brilliant, and that’s top-end Champions League.

‘They are a very good side with very good players, and for us we’re playing catch-up.’

Right-back Glen Johnson is expected to return to the Liverpool squad for next weekend's match with Fulham after being discharged from hospital following a freak infection.

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