Boss defends Toure as Liverpool draw

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers refused to blame defender Kolo Toure after his horrendous error allowed West Brom to equalise in their 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

Daniel Sturridge put the Reds ahead in the 24th minute but they could not add to their lead at former Everton striker Victor Anichebe capitalised on Toure’s mistake midway through the second half.

“Kolo is devastated. I said to him sometimes it is the price you pay when you try to play football,” said Rodgers, whose side failed to re-establish their four-point lead in fourth place over Everton

“He shouldn’t have received the ball in the first place (from goalkeeper) Simon Mignolet, it wasn’t the time to receive it, but that is a part of our learning. I’ve said to the team we are in the position we are because over the last 18 months we have shown the courage and bravery to play football and part of that is to build the game from behind.

“For the first time this season we got punished for that. He is an experienced guy and he knows it was a mistake and he is devastated. There is no blame. He has misplaced a pass and unfortunately for us it has cost us two points.”

West Brom boss Pepe Mel was pleased with the way his side responded in the second half, when they managed to put his game plan into effect .”