As if Liverpool’s Premier League match with Arsenal on Saturday need anything more to light it up, Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has declared that he fired up for this one!
Toure goes up against his former employers at The Emirates and he feels he wants to prove to Arsenal that they were wrong to sell him to Manchester City in 2009. The central defender apparently had a spat with William Gallas who was the Arsenal captain at that time and that resulted in him being shipped to City for £16million.
Although Toure owes a lot to Arsenal and Wenger for signing him when no one else wanted to in 2002, Kolo will put that all aside come kickoff on Saturday.
‘It is where I started playing football. They gave me a chance to come here (to England),’ said Toure.
‘It is always special playing against them but at the same time I want to show them they made a mistake in letting me go. I think it is going to be a great game for me. It is always a great time for me when I play against the club I used to play for. I will try my best to show them I am a great player – but for my team first as that is most important.’
‘Without him (Wenger) I was not going to play in England. He was the one who saw me and for me he is a fantastic manager. But it’s not the time to talk about him. I’ve spoken about him in the past and for me it is a fight. I want to make my team win and I don’t want to think about any good things he did for me because that might ease my temper. The only thing I think is “I will show them”.’
Now that is the right mentality to have going into such a big game as this. Toure will be critical in Liverpool’s chances of a win as he will be tasked with shutting out Arsenal attack which has been playing well so far this season.
When Toure arrived at Liverpool in the summer from Manchester City, many fans thought that he would be a back up player and would only be called upon when the likes of Agger and Skrtel got injured. But the Ivory Coast international has been able to keep Agger out of the side and has become a regular starter under Brendan Rodgers.