Liverpool morning news, Toure's derby warning, Lambert on his fitness

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A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure appears to have fired a warning shot ahead of Saturday lunchtime's Merseyside derby at Anfield.

The experienced defender has told the Liverpool Echo that the side will learn from their mistakes and has said the side will look to start quickly against their local rivals, as both sides search for some form after a stuttering start to the campaign.

Toure said: “I think it will be a tight game but we’re at home and we’ll look to go out fast. We know winning this one would make a big difference.

“There’s a lot riding on it and we need the three points.

“We can’t think about any other games coming up, we need to focus on Everton and give everything to this game.”

Striker Rickie Lambert has spoken of his pride of being handed the captain's armband for the Reds during their League third round match against Middlesbrough at Anfield on Tuesday, but admits he is lacking sharpness this season.

The 32-year-old is quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: “I wasn’t happy with my own performance, so that overshadowed the honour of being captain a little bit.

“I want to get my match fitness up because obviously everyone knows I’m not playing every game so I have to adapt myself now. I think I’m going to have to do more so my fitness is up to the same level as everybody else."

Liverpool are confident they have not breached any Financial FairPlay rules according to the Daily Telegraph, after it was revealed UEFA would seek talks over the club's financial health.

The Telegraph reports that Liverpool had anticipated such talks on their return to the Champions League this season.

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