Kolo Toure on differences between this season and last for Liverpool

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Toure has returned to the starting line-up in place of Dejan Lovren as the Reds search for form, and tighten up at the back.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has said the side has to settle at the back, and the back to basics strategy undertaken by the Reds over the past couple of weeks is producing for the side so far.

Toure has been drafted into the heart of the defence for the past four games, where the Reds have doubled their clean sheet count for the season, and remain unbeaten during that spell. 

They have taken seven points from their last three Premier League games as well as putting themselves in a position to qualify for the next round of the Champions League, which will be secured tomorrow night if the Reds beat Basel in a final group game decider.

Toure is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: "The team had to settle defensively first and because we have been conceding some goals it was important to get back to basics. It has been working well for us.

“I am happy I have come into the team at the right time when everyone is focused on defending. I always try to do my bit on the pitch to help."

The experienced centre-back has highlighted a massive difference compared to last season. At the moment the Reds seem a little disjointed, and though the Reds leaked goals at the back, they pressed well from the front, and it something that has been lacking this season, as well as finding the net on a regular basis.

He added: “Last season we were outstanding in every area but this season has been more challenging. When you have a tough start it is always difficult because the confidence is not always there. The team feels more secure and we need to keep going in that direction."

One way to show the side is going in the right direction is by delivering a huge win tomorrow night in the Champions League in what is a big week for Brendan Rodgers and his charges. 

Qualification for the knock-out stages of the this season's competition will be one of the two big targets that FSG reportedly want their manager to achieve this season as they look to re-establish themselves in Europe.

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