Liverpool star plays down Arsenal defeat

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Liverpool centre-back Kolo Toure believes his side are still capable of winning this season's Premier League title.

Brendan Rodgers' side are five points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, having lost 2-0 to the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Arsenal looked a class above Liverpool, with Rodgers' side failing to deal with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey .

However Toure, who joined Liverpool from Manchester City on a free transfer in January, is confident his side can still mount a serious title challenge.

Toure believes both Arsenal and Liverpool have the quality and team spirit to win the Premier League, but has stressed the Premier League title race is a marathon, not a sprint.

"Arsenal are not the title favourites," said Toure. "The season is long, we all want to be champions.

"This is only November. They will have a hard time as well. The season is not done yet, definitely.

"Both Arsenal and Liverpool definitely have what it takes to win the title. Two great teams, with great spirit.

"Both teams work hard and fight and, even though Liverpool were in a difficult situation, we kept fighting and I think that's really good. Both teams are strong mentally."

Toure's Liverpool are currently in third place, having picked up 20 points from their opening 10 Premier League encounters.

Last season's Premier League champions Manchester United, on the other hand, are eight points behind early pacesetters Arsenal.

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