With Liverpool set to do battle with Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday, defender Kolo Touré is in no mood for family pleasantries.
Although Touré was replaced with Lucas Leiva in central defence for Liverpool’s 1-0 Europa League win against Augsburg on Thursday, the Ivory Coast international is expected to regain his place for what will be his second League Cup final.
He will also be hoping to fare better this time around, having been sent off in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in 2007.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo this morning, Touré has said that while it will be a brilliant experience to play in a cup final against his brother, Man City’s Yaya, he has insisted that he is up for a battle with his younger sibling:
“If we’re both out on that pitch then it’s going to be amazing to play against him in a final,
“There will be no fraternising with Yaya before Sunday – no phone calls, no messages, no feeling.
“We are both going to war. We will both want to win and then we will talk after.
“I hope to face him. If not, the most important thing is that my team win.”
Touré vowed to enjoy the occasion on Sunday, but his words were tinged with an air of sadness as remarked on the fact that this trip to Wembley could be his last as a player:
“For me it [the final] is going to be amazing,
“I came here to help this club to win trophies and on Sunday we have the chance to do that.
“It could be my last time at Wembley so I want to make the most of it.
“If I can be on the pitch and help the team it would be very special.
“But even if I’m not on the pitch I will still do my role, which is to push the young players and use my experience by talking to them and inspiring them.”
If Kolo does feature, it will be his first Wembley appearance on the same pitch as his brother, having been a substitute for the 2012 Community Shield win against Chelsea back when the two were teammates at Man City.
Both sides will be desperate to pick up the first silverware of the season for differing reasons, as Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool adventure is just beginning while Manuel Pellegrini’s time at the Etihad is coming to an end.
Two Tourés will enter Wembley on Sunday, but only one will emerge victorious.
And just for good measure, here’s another chance to see the Liverpool squad’s rendition of that now-famous chant: