Liverpool’s Kolo Touré praises Brendan Rodgers’ half-time team talk

Liverpool centre-half Kolo Touré believes Brendan Rodgers had to go hard on his squad at half-time at Britannia Stadium

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Kolo Touré joined Liverpool this summer Photo: Ailura/Wikimedia

Kolo Toure believes Brendan Rodgers was right to go “hard on” his Liverpool squad at half-time in their 5-3 victory over Stoke City.

The Reds held a 2-0 first-half lead courtesy of a brilliant opening 38 minutes before ex-Liverpool stars Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam fired the home side level ahead of the interval.

He went hard on us and told us the right thing

Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers’ men needed to win to reclaim fourth spot, and Liverpool went on to secure three points thanks to goals from Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at the Britannia.

And Toure, who joined the Reds on a free transfer in the summer, paid credit to the Liverpool manager’s team talk.

“He went hard on us and told us the right thing, because he knew that we were going to score more goals but we had to defend better – which we did in the second half,” Toure told

“When you play against a Stoke team, they have Peter Crouch, who is very tall, and they put the ball high and he goes for it.

“In the second half, we did better with that. We know our strikers can score goals at any time and that’s great for us.

“It was important to win this game because it’s always difficult to come to Stoke; that was their second loss at home. For us, it was vital we got the three points here. Now we are back in the top four and we are really happy with that.”


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