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Liverpool defender not surprised by strong start

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Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has insisted that his new side's strong start to the season has come as no surprise, due to an impressive work ethic from players and staff at the club who are all determined to improve.

Toure has settled quickly at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers after leaving Manchester City for Merseyside on a free transfer during the close season.

The Ivorian centre-back has started three of Liverpool's four games in all competitions so far this season, helping the Reds make a 100% start to their Premier League campaign.

With Liverpool top of the table Toure has declared that his side will not rest on their laurels, while praising Rodgers for making a strong impression on a new-look squad during pre-season.

He told the club's official website: "[Looking at the table] motivates us to do more. I'm not surprised because of the effort we put in during pre-season and the commitment of the players every day in training.

"We've been working so hard and everybody is really focused, the young players and the experienced players. The manager is doing a great job, all the staff are working really hard. We need to carry on doing that and the results will come.

"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."

The 32-year-old missed Liverpool's 1-0 win over Manchester United before the international break with a groin injury, but is back in full training ahead of a trip to Swansea City on Monday night.

Toure faces stern competition to win his place back in Liverpool's starting XI at the Liberty Stadium, with deadline-day signings Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Illori added to a list of centre-backs at Anfield which already includes Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel.

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