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Touré Rues "Terrible Pass"

Kolo Touré quickly became the scapegoat in Liverpool's 1-1 draw against West Brom, but the defender was quick to take ownership of his role in the result.

Paul Thomas

Some blamed Simon Mignolet, Brendan Rodgers blamed no one, but Kolo Touré ultimately took responsibility for the West Brom goal that saw Liverpool drop two points on Sunday at the Hawthorns.

"It was a terrible pass by me,” the defender admitted to the Liverpool Echo. “You have to make the right decisions and today I took a bad decision. It was my call. I should have passed to one of our players but instead I passed it straight to the striker. I just didn't see him (Anichebe). I should have played it to Aly (Cissokho) on the side.

"I wasn't surprised to get the ball from Simon because that's the way we play. I made a very bad pass. I don’t know why I passed the ball into the middle of the pitch, it was crazy."

Rodgers' preferred style of building up play from the back introduces the possibility of an error of this sort happening now and again, and in the grand scheme of the team's defensive errors this season, it is perhaps surprising that it hasn't happened more often. Still, the Ivorian is contrite about the mistake and what it meant for his teammates.

"I’m disappointed for me and the team," Touré continued. "It’s hard to take, especially for me, because we played well. It’s difficult to say what we have been talking about in the dressing room but the manager knows how disappointed I am. My pass put the team in a difficult situation."

Liverpool have five short days to sort themselves out before facing Arsenal at home on Saturday. Touré's may have been a costly error, but the squad on the whole didn't exactly acquit themselves admirably. Failing to widen the gap between themselves and other Champions League contenders in what could otherwise have been a winnable game puts extra pressure on the team to collect all three points at Anfield on the weekend.

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