Kolo Toure: ‘We take responsibility for defensive mistakes, but we’re working every day to fix it’

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‘Were working every day to get better,’ Toure says…

Liverpool’s back in favour central defender Kolo Toure has vowed to help the side improve its current defensive prowess.

The Reds have been publicly criticised for a number of defensive errors, particularly from opposition set-pieces, meaning the 33-year-old has won a place back in the side at the expense of £20m signing Dejan Lovren.

Toure’s been solid in his past two outings, and is expected to receive a run of games in the starting XI as a result.

“When times are hard, the defence can take some criticism but that’s part of our job. We are used to that and as a team we just want to work well, defend together and fight for the team,” the ageing Ivorian told the club’s official website.

“We take responsibility – and when you are not scared to take responsibility, that’s the most important thing. We’re doing our job and we know that we can improve – and we work every day to try to do that.”

Toure’s Premier League pedigree is exceptional. He was a starter for Arsenal’s Invincibles, and won the title for Manchester City as well.

Due to his age, Toure was expected to only play a bit-part role in 2014/15, with Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Lovren being ahead of him in the pecking order – but he’s waited for his chance, and taken it with both hands.

We can now only hope that his experience and natural defensive acumen will help consistently shore up our shaky back-line.

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