Jurgen Klopp: Why I have to show respect for this Liverpool defender
Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on Liverpool centre-half Kolo Toure
Jurgen Klopp has singled out Kolo Toure for special praise after Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night.
The Ivory Coast defender started alongside Mamadou Sakho as the Liverpool pair faced one of the Premier League’s most-prolific attacks so far this season.
Roberto Firmino twice put Liverpool into a first-half lead but Aaron Ramsey pegged back the Reds initially, before Olivier Giroud equalised before half-time.
The France striker added his second of the night in the 55th minute before Liverpool substitute Joe Allen netted a dramatic equaliser in added time.
While summer signing Firmino was Liverpool’s standout performer on Wednesday night, Klopp was particularly pleased with the performance of 35-year-old veteran, Toure.
“If we talk tonight about special performances, Kolo Toure… I have to show more than my respect because it is not easy and he did great, as did a lot of other players. You saw it,” Klopp told his post-match media conference.
Toure has been drafted into the Liverpool starting line-up in recent weeks following injuries to Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Sakho.
The former Arsenal and Manchester City centre-half could face Manchester United at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.