Liverpool's Kolo Toure believes Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger are quite similar

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Toure praises both managers' training methods ahead of the clash tonight.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has claimed that Jurgen Klopp is quite similar to his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, ahead of the clash with the Gunners this evening.

Toure started his career in England under Arsene Wenger, spending seven years with Arsenal, winning the Premier League in 2004, two FA Cups and a runners-up medal from the 2006 Champions League final.

The Ivorian then left Arsenal to join Manchester City, before joining Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool on a free transfer back in 2013. Since then, Toure has gone on to play 35 times in the league for the Reds and is likely to make his 36th appearance when Liverpool take on the North London club tonight.

And ahead of the match, Toure has claimed that his latest boss, Jurgen Klopp, actually shares a lot of qualities as his former Arsenal gaffer when it comes to training. Toure told the Liverpool Echo: “To be honest the training we do under Jurgen is very similar to Arsene.

“They have the same approach to games in terms of the speed of the game, the togetherness – you see their teams move together, a lot of passing, technically they like to have good players on the ball and the intensity of both their teams is amazing, definitely. It is amazing."

Klopp recently came under fire for his training methods and general style of play from former Chelsea and Manchester City coach Raymond Verheijen getting stuck into the German on Twitter last week; something which Verheijen has accused Wenger of in the past.

Despite this, Toure reckons the two are both great managers and praised Wenger saying: "Arsene is a top manager. He can make an average player one of the best in the world.

“He’s done that with so many players. He’s done it with George Weah; Patrick Vieira, who didn’t play at Milan; Thierry Henry, who didn’t play a lot at Juventus.

“He’s gets the best from players who people think ‘they are good but they’re not top class. He’s done the same to me because I started from nowhere. He took me to the next level, and I’ve always got respect for him for that.”

Toure is likely to be partnered by new signing Steven Caulker in the game at Anfield, with Liverpool knowing that a win can move them within a point of Manchester United and just two points off fourth place.

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