Liverpool media round-up: Toure says focus is on Augsburg, Clyne says hunger has returned

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has said the side's focus is solely on the Europa League last 32 second leg against Augsburg on Thursday evening, despite the allure of the League Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.

The Reds drew the first leg 0-0 in Bavaria so have a job to do in Europe before they can turn their attentions to trying to win the first major trophy on offer this season.

Toure is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “Whatever players play, we need to qualify and then go to Wembley and try to win the final. When you win, you don’t feel the tiredness.

“The first leg was tough but we were expecting that. They were very well organised and disciplined.

“We have to take it game by game. We can’t think about Wembley because the next game is the most important one.

“We need to qualify. We are playing at home in front of our fans and we need to win and go through. Only then will we talk about the final.”

The same article also saw Toure talking about his future. The Ivorian sees his contract run out at the end of the season and with the signing of Joel Matip from Schalke arriving in the summer - Toure looks to be heading towards the exit. However, he thinks that good performances could lead to a change in heart at the club, and he could be offered a 12-month extension to his deal.

Right-back Nathaniel Clyne has been talking about the hunger and desire that Jurgen Klopp has brought to the side ever since his arrival, with their first cup final coming into sharp focus.

The defender is quoted in the Daily Mirror talking about the hard work that both the defensive and midfield players have to put in in order to make things work.

“The midfielder, defenders and full backs like me have to work very hard. It has been tough but it’s also been paying off.

“It was something I was used to with the previous manager, I was used to pressing high up the field and it’s no problem. I’m fit and I’m young.

“I think you can see that it’s working and I’m sure we are going to shoot up the table.

“We’ve actually been playing well in games, not always getting results and hopefully if we can win a trophy that will give us confidence and mean we can go on and win a lot more.” 

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