Kolo Touré has earned a reputation as a generally fun-loving, affable presence on the team since arriving on Merseyside, but with a visit to north London looming this coming weekend, the prospect of facing former club Arsenal revealed a competitive and slightly rancorous side of Touré not often seen by Liverpool fans.
“I think it’s going to be a great game for me to play,” Touré said in an interview with the Liverpool Echo that is certainly worth a longer read. “It’s always special to go back there but at the same time I want to show on Saturday that Arsenal made a mistake by letting me go.
“I’m going there to fight. I want to show them what I can do and help my team – Liverpool – to win. Right now I don’t want to think about any of the good things that Arsene [Wenger] did for me as I’m focused on getting those three points."
Touré spent seven seasons at Arsenal and although he moved on more than four years ago, apparently any acrimonious feelings he has towards his departure from the Emirates have not yet cleared up. With Brendan Rodgers facing on ongoing selection dilemma at the centre back position, Touré's extra layer of incentive facing his old club might give him an extra edge in making Rodgers' team sheet on Saturday.
Touré was quick to point out that as much as he may want to make Arsene Wenger pine for those invincible days when the defender anchored his back line, revenge scenarios still come second to putting in a good showing for Liverpool.
“I’ll definitely try to do my best to show them that I’m still a great player," the defender continued. "But I need to perform for my team – that is the most important thing."