Liverpool can defeat Arsenal in race for Premier League title
Liverpool are set to go under their toughest challenge yet this weekend when Brendan Rodgers and Co. travel to the Emirates to play against the Premier League leaders Arsenal. Liverpool defender Kolo Toure insists side are in contention for the Premier League title, despite having faced few teams from the top quarter of the table.
The Ivorian defender is determined to prove himself in front of his former club Arsenal on Saturday. Brendan Rodgers hasn’t revealed his choices for the first-team yet, but the Anfield boss knows that the result of this match will play a crucial role in deciding whether Liverpool will be capable of winning the Premier League title.
Toure, who has appeared in 326 games for Arsenal in seven years, was part of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles team, a side that picked up the 2003-04 league title without conceding a single defeat. Toure believes Liverpool are in a strong position to pick up their first league title since 1990.
“Of course we are [contenders] because we have so many great players. The way we are playing shows that. This is a fantastic club,” Toure told the Liverpool Echo. “We want to win trophies and we want to win the title definitely. Arsenal are contenders too, as there are some fantastic people there.”
Despite his hunger to prove a point against Arsenal, Toure admits he is in debt to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for introducing him in the Premier League after buying him for £150,000 from Ivorian outfit ASEC Mimosas back in 2002. Toure’s career at Arsenal ended in 2009 when he was sold to Manchester City for £16 million.
Toure, who claims to have been driven out of Arsenal because of a quandary with defender William Gallas, joined Liverpool on free transfer this July after completing three years with Manchester City.
“Without Arsene, I wouldn't be here. He was the one who saw me. He's a fantastic manager and gave me my chance to play football in this country,” Toure said.
“But now is not the time to talk about him. He knows I've been talking about him all the time. It's always special to go back there -- but at the same time, I want to show on Saturday that Arsenal made a mistake by letting me go.
“I'm going there to fight. I want to show them what I can do and help my team -- Liverpool -- to win. Right now I don’t want to think about any of the good things that Arsene did for me as I’m focused on getting those three points.”