Liverpool morning news, Toure identifies key to qualification, Borini fitness update

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

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure is confident that the side can qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, with captain Steven Gerrard providing the magic to be the catalyst for a victory at Anfield tomorrow night.

Toure has admitted the side must be better going forward after playing out a dour 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Saturday in the Premier League which seems to have halted their revival.

The Reds need to win their clash with Basel to make it through to the knock-out stages, which would represent a key objective achieved by the side this season.

He is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “He makes the magic when no-one can make it. That is why he is one of the best players in the world.

“His age is nothing, people just keep talking but if you have a player like that in your dressing room it is very important with his experience.

“When he came on against Sunderland he made a difference. You could see the energy he brought to the team.

“Players like that don’t need 90 minutes to make the difference, only 20 or 30 minutes. I am really happy to have him as a captain first and as a man because he is a great player.”

A few eyebrows were raised at the weekend when forward Fabio Borini wasn't even on the bench with Liverpool short of options up front, but the Italian forward appears to have confirmed his fitness on twitter.

Rickie Lambert played the entire 90 minutes against Sunderland, and has played every minute since the international break after being used sparingly by Brendan Rodgers.

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