Liverpool defender Kolo Touré is keen to ensure that these final few months of the season are not his last at Anfield.
The 34-year-old Ivory Coast international has enjoyed something of an extended run in Jürgen Klopp’s side in recent weks, primarily due to injures to Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho.
Nonetheless, Touré has impressed of late and is hoping that he has done enough to feature in Klopp’s plans for next season, despite the impending arrival of Schalke defender Joël Matip in the summer.
Touré has been giving his input on the topic in the past day or so, as he believes that he still has plenty to offer for Klopp and Liverpool:
“I can show people by my games that I’m still a top player. That’s all I can do. I am a fighter and I will fight until the end.
“It doesn’t matter what other people say, I’m very happy and I always give 100 per cent for this club. Sometimes you can make people change their minds by performing well and that’s my challenge right now.”
Touré has become a cult figure at Anfield, with a song dedicated to both him and brother Yaya having become popular with fans and teammates alike…
It’s a cult status that Touré is looking to play on when it comes to convincing the Liverpool hierarchy that he is worthy of keeping around next season as another overhaul begins in earnest:
“It doesn’t matter what other people say, I have this smile, I’m very happy and I always give 100 per cent for this club. This club is amazing. The fans love me.
“I am a fighter. What’s important is what’s happening for me right now. I’m in the team at the moment and I am showing every game that I’m still here”
The two-time Premier League champion also insists that even if he is released by Liverpool at the end of the season, he is confident of continuing to play at a high level:
“I’ve not had any offers for next season yet, and I’ve not been told anything. If I keep playing like I am at the moment then I’m sure doors will open.”
Having turned in a man-of-the-match performance in the 0-0 draw away at Augsburg in the Europa League last Thursday, Touré is likely to start in the return leg at Anfield this week. Should he do well there, he may even keep his place and face brother Yaya and Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.
His longer-term future, however, is still up in the air. If Klopp needs a bit more convincing to keep him on, he shouldn’t forget that the centre back recently added goals to his repertoire with this stunner against Aston Villa…
Your move, Jürgen…