Team spirit the key to Liverpool success, says Kolo Toure

The veteran centre-back puts the Reds’ lightning-fast Premier League start down to the togetherness instilled by manager Brendan Rodgers and is targeting trophies

Kolo Toure sees Liverpool’s electric start to the Premier League campaign as the product of team spirit.

The Reds have won their first three league matches, including a 1-0 victory over rivals Manchester United at Anfield, to occupy the top spot on the table before the international break

And the summer signing from Manchester City ascribes the collective ethic engendered by Brendan Rodgers as the power behind their success.

“It’s key,” Toure told the club’s official website. “With team spirit, you can win anything. Individuals are very important but team spirit is the key – it is the most important thing.

“Individuals can win you one game but, to win trophies or be champions, it is [down to] a group of players. If you want to be successful, you need to work as a team. That is really, really important because we are a group of players and we have the same target – to win trophies and do as well as we can.”

Though he missed out on the Reds’ defeat of the Red Devils through injury, Toure popped up on the touchline to congratulate his team-mates at full-time and spoke further of the need to support the side both on and off the pitch.

“The lads played a great game,” he enthused. “I was off the pitch and really wanted to help them but I couldn’t.

“When you don’t play, you need to support the team and your team-mates need to feel that you are behind them fully.

“[Martin] Skrtel had a fantastic game and we worked as a team really, really well. That is great for the team spirit of the group.”

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