Kolo Toure explains why Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers is like Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Kolo Toure highlights the similarities between Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has compared manager Brendan Rodgers to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The 33-year-old Ivory Coast international played under Wenger at Arsenal from 2002 until 2009, and is now on the books of the Reds.

The centre-back has now drawn comparisons between Rodgers and the Frenchman, and is quoted as saying by The Guardian: “I see Wenger in him because he’s so intelligent.

"He knows how to speak to players and how to get the best out of them. Just look at what he’s done during a short time here.

“When he arrived Liverpool were doing badly. He came in and brought the club a long way up. Maintaining it is more difficult than first coming up there.

"I think he is learning definitely. This season is a learning process but he will get there.

“He’s a fair guy who is working hard and gives 100% every day. Like Arsene, he’s always there at training trying to improve things.

"His style of play is also similar. He always wants us to pass the ball and keep playing which is very important.”

Rodgers has indeed been a very good manager for Liverpool, but the club’s recent struggles have posed a new challenge for him.

The Northern Irishman is facing severe criticisms from the fans, with some claiming that he should be sacked.

Failure to sign top-quality players and his struggles to get the best out of the players he did recruit have seen him go down in the estimation of many Liverpool supporters.

However, as Toure underlines, Rodgers is an “intelligent” manager and he will know what to do as the season progresses.

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