Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes victory over Stoke City is a positive sign of things to come for the club.

The Ivorian believes the level of performance suggests positive times ahead.

The No.4 told the Liverpool Echo: "We had some chances to kill the game and didn't take them but we got the three points.

"We have been working so hard with the manager during pre-season. The spirit in the squad is very good and the mentality of all the players is great. We won as a team.

"It's fantastic for all the supporters and the players for us to start like this. It will give everyone a big lift. This win will be important for the future of this football club."

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