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 By Mike Whalley

Rodgers manages Liverpool 'like Arsene Wenger,' says Kolo Toure

Brendan Rodgers admits that his team have been poor in this season's Premier League.

Liverpool centre-back Kolo Toure says manager Brendan Rodgers reminds him of Arsene Wenger -- and will turn around the club's poor form.

Rodgers' side ended a four-match losing streak on Wednesday night, but remain in danger of Champions League elimination after a 2-2 draw against Ludogorets in Bulgaria.

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Liverpool lie 12th in the Premier League after an indifferent campaign so far, having finished second last season, but Toure feels Rodgers is the right man to lead them forward.

The Ivory Coast international was part of Wenger's Arsenal side when they went through the entire 2003-04 league season unbeaten, winning the first of his two title medals.

Toure, also a Premier League winner with Manchester City in 2012, thinks that Rodgers has similar qualities to the Gunners boss.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I do see Wenger in him because he's so intelligent.

"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."

Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger both know how to connect with their players says Toure.

Toure feels that Liverpool must continue to back Rodgers, saying that he needs time to adjust to the demands of the Champions League.

The 33-year-old said: "We need to stick with him because he's one of the best managers in the Premier League.

"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 such as Manchester 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 percent every day. That's why I am sure we will get out of this spell we're in.

"Just look at what he's done during a short time here. When he arrived Liverpool were doing badly, he came in and brought the club a long way up.

"Maintaining it is more difficult than first getting up there. This season is a learning process but he will get there."

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