Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho has revealed that he’s relishing the prospect of facing former club Liverpool in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Anfield.
Joining Villa from Valencia for a fee believed to be around £2.5 million, the French left-back spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan with the Reds but struggled with injuries, looking out of his depth in his 19 appearances.
He has impressed so far this season, however, starting the opening three Premier League games as part of a back-line which has conceded just one goal, and is now looking forward to taking on his ex-teammates on the weekend.
‘Of course, when you play against your last team it is a special occasion,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘It should be a big atmosphere and it is going to be good to face my old team-mates. I hope we are going to keep going like we have been over the past few weeks and continue our good form.
‘This year we have started well. We are confident. We haven't lost any games yet.
‘We are focused in our work. We just need to do what we have done in the last three league games and be strong defensively. It is going to be a good occasion.
‘It would be good to keep that success going.’
Cissokho and the rest of the Villa back-line might have exceeded expectations thus far, but the next few weeks will prove decidedly challenging, with the Liverpool matchup followed by games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton, respectively.