Kolo Toure - 'most important thing is we can still qualify'

Kolo Toure Ivory Coast

Toure was at the heart of the Liverpool defence that got a 2-2 draw against Ludogorets in Bulgaria last night.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has said he is happy to step in when called upon for the side after he took the place of Dejan Lovren in last night's 2-2 draw against Ludogorets in the Champions League.

The result has left Liverpool in a position where if they win their final game against Basel at Anfield in 12 days time, they will progress to the last 16 of the competition.

Despite the Reds still having qualification in their own hands, there will still flaws in their game. A goalkeeping error and inability to deal with a set piece where contributing factors to Liverpool not leaving Bulgaria with a much needed win after four defeats on the bounce in all competitions.

He told the Liverpool website after the game: "We came to get a result, which was a win or a draw. We got a draw and that brings us to the last game.

"It's difficult because we conceded a late goal. But at the end of the day, I think the most important thing is that we're still in there [with the chance to qualify]."

The experienced defender probably didn't have his best game last night but there were clear signs of him being vocal at the back which has been sorely missed so far this season as Brendan Rodgers has tried to find a leader to marshal his defence.

Despite the winless streak continuing, Toure seems to be trying to take positives like the rest of the squad.

He said: "We fight as a team. It's always difficult when you keep losing games. I think we got a reaction tonight. This season has been tough, but when there are tough times, that's when you see tough people. We'll keep fighting."

At the moment Liverpool are trying to hang on to every positive they can, one win away from qualification is a big positive especially considering the side's performances and results. The mentality of trying to grind results out for now needs to stay, and they need to dig deep.

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