Liverpool latest: Defender targets Champions League win, plus build up to the derby

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Some of the news surrounding Liverpool Football Club this Thursday evening

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has said the club’s goal is to win the Champions League, which obviously means qualifying for it first.

In an interview with the Liverpool website on a Google hangout, Toure said: ‘That’s why I came to Liverpool, I knew I would have the chance to play in the Champions League again.

‘We have started well in our target to go as far as we can and then try and win this trophy. The Champions League is an amazing tournament to play in, and to be able to play that again with Liverpool will be fantastic.’

Ex-defender Mark Lawrenson has said there is more pressure on Liverpool going into Saturday’s Merseyside derby with Everton.

Lawrenson wrote in his column for the Liverpool Post: ‘Liverpool failed their last major challenge when losing at Arsenal. Sure, that may have been down to a lack of personnel and a team selection that was put upon the manager, but the defeat was telling.

‘It demonstrated the Anfield outfit still have a way to go to truly challenge at the top. And the doubts will only intensify if they are beaten by Everton.’

Left-back Jose Enrique could be ruled out for up to three months after manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the Spaniard requires an operation to solve a problem in his left knee.

Rodgers said: ‘It’s disappointing because he’s been out for two months. We’ve tried ways to get him back, he’s still in pain.’

In the same press conference, Rodgers said Daniel Sturridge has been playing with a dead leg and will be assessed whilst Kolo Toure is available for selection. The Liverpool boss also distanced the club from speculation surrounding the future of Derby County midfielder Will Hughes who has been linked with a move to Anfield.

Ex-full-back Jason McAteer has told Goal that he would like to see some more support and cover for Daniel Sturridge if Liverpool are to challenge for honours.

He said: ‘He is a great player, but the reality is that he needs support [other than Suarez]. I feel that Liverpool needs to beef up their midfield and striking department.’

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