Kolo Toure believes Liverpool have what it takes to win the Premier League title despite failing their biggest test of the season to date at Arsenal on Saturday.
The Reds went into the clash at the Emirates Stadium just two points behind the table-topping Gunners, having won six of their opening nine games, losing just one. However, the only top team they had faced was Manchester United at Anfield.
Goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey ensured Liverpool lost their four-game unbeaten run and did not take their chance to show they are genuine title contenders in the football betting odds.
The win was Arsenal's eighth in 10 games. However, Toure insisted his former club "are not the title favourites. This is only November. They will have a hard time as well. The season is not done yet, definitely," he said.
The 32-year-old does think, like his side, Arsenal will have a say in the race to become champions. "Both Arsenal and Liverpool definitely have what it takes to win the title. Two great teams, with great spirit," Toure added.
"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."
Liverpool would expect to get back on track at home to Fulham at the weekend. A win would be a welcome lift ahead of the international break.
A short trip across Stanley Park for a Merseyside derby with Everton follows the two-week hiatus, before winnable games against Hull, Norwich and West Ham.
(Toure image courtesy of Getty Images)