Date: 28th November 2014 at 10:42am
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Under pressure Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has received praise and backing from defender Kolo Toure…

After a run of five games without a victory, and with his side languishing in 12th place in the Premier League standings, the pressure is mounting on Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Northern Irishman is now amongst the top three in the dreaded Premier League ‘Sack Race’ with practically all the major betting outlets.

With the hectic festive period almost upon us, Rodgers will be desperate to get some momentum going before it’s too late.

One man who has come out and given the 41-year-old his full support is experienced Reds centre-back Kolo Toure.

The Ivorian has made just five appearances this season, including only one brief substitute outing in the league, but remains convinced Rodgers will turn things around.

“We need to stick with him because he’s one of the best managers in the Premier League,” Toure is quoted as saying by the Liverpool ECHO. “In terms of the managers I’ve worked with, he’s right up there.

“You need time as a manager. Last season was unbelievable, this season has been more tough. But I think he has done a great job for this club and we like him.

“He’s young as a manager and this is the first time he has managed in the Champions League. The Champions League is tough. We’ve seen that with teams like Man City. You have to learn about it.

“He is learning. At the end of the day he’s a fair guy who is working hard and gives 100% every day. That’s why I am sure we will get out of this spell we’re in.”

The 33-year-old, who has won top flight titles with both Manchester City and Arsenal, also sees similarities between Rodgers and his former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.

The studious Frenchman is one of the most respected figures in the game having delivered three league titles and five FA Cups during an 18 year spell in North London.

“I do see Wenger in him because he’s so intelligent,” Toure revelaed. “He knows how to speak to players and how to get the best out of them. He will prove that because we will come out of this hard time.

“Like Arsene, he’s always there at training trying to improve things. His style of play is also similar. He always wants us to pass the ball and keep playing which is very important.”

Next up for the Merseysiders is Stoke City on Saturday and Toure is hopeful of making a first Premier League start since February.

“Whenever the manager calls me, I will be ready,” added the defender. “I’m part of the team. It’s not about me, it’s about everybody.

“When you are playing in both the Premier League and the Champions League it’s very demanding physically. That’s why we have a big squad so we can rotate. The most important thing is that we all fight for each other.”

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