Manchester City play Liverpool at the Etihad, and the match promises to be a true classic. With both sides adamant that their attacking qualities are their number one priority going into the fixture, neutrals look forward in anticipation to a goal blitz.
Liverpool have now become genuine title challengers, so the game itself doesn’t need to be hyped up any further, but for two men in particular this game has another added spice. Ivory Coast brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure will meet for the first time in a competitive fixture, and for two hours this afternoon, the Toure family will be completely divided.
Since making his move to Liverpool in the summer, the older brother Kolo has made 9 appearances and has been in solid form. Averaging 2.2 tackles, 6.9 clearances and only 0.6 fouls per game, the Liverpool defender has been as good as any other in a Red shirt. However, Kolo has mainly featured when Liverpool have played three at the back, so it remains to be seen whether he’ll actually start the game at the Etihad.
Younger brother Yaya, on the other hand, is in the form of his life. Scoring 11 goals in his last 22 games in all competitions for Manchester City, the central midfielder seems to have added a regular goalscoring touch amongst his other attributes. On the game, Yaya now mentions that Liverpool are his biggest rivals and that friendships need to be put aside.
'Liverpool are now my biggest rival because that’s where he is now! I’m very happy for him, because now he’s playing regular football and enjoying life under Brendan Rodgers, who’s given him a lot of confidence -he’s very happy there.
'Family and friendships are put aside because winning brings happiness to the team and the fans', Yaya said.
With Yaya in such prolific form, especially from set pieces, Kolo will have to be on his guard not to give any silly free kicks away in dangerous areas. The former Manchester City man also recognizes the importance the game could have on the title race
'It's going to be a massive game, Manchester City v Liverpool is a big one in its own right and, when you look at how close it is at the top of the league, it makes it even more important', Kolo pointed out.
Which Toure brother will come out on top ?
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