Kolo Toure apologises to Liverpool FC team-mates after error costs them defeat
The central defender left devastated after allowing West Brom to score an equaliser which dented Liverpool’s hopes of landing this season’s Premier League table.
February 2nd, 2014
It appeared that Brendan Rodgers’ team were going to follow up Tuesday’s Merseyside derby win with a slender victory at The Hawthorns before Kolo Toure squared the ball across his own penalty area and Victor Anichebe was on hand to find the net.
This was in the 67th minute with Liverpool in control of the game thanks to Daniel Sturridge’s first half opener, with Toure under little pressure to clear the ball when the experienced player made a howler to deny his team a maximum haul.
The player was full of remorse after the final whistle, admitting that is was a “terrible” pass that led to West Brom’s goal.
“It was a game we should have won 1-0. It was a terrible pass by me,” Touré said. “It’s hard because we played well. It was a tough game. I take the call because it was a very bad pass. I haven’t seen him [Anichebe]. I should have just played to Aly [Cissokho].
“My pass just put the team in a difficult situation. I haven’t seen him and I shouldn’t have passed the ball there. You have to make decisions. Today I took a bad one. [Brendan] doesn’t get angry, he was just disappointed with the situation in the game. I’m disappointed.
“We have missed an opportunity today but the season is long. We just didn’t need to have that kind of mistake. I made a bad decision. I don’t know why I have passed it into the middle of the pitch, it was crazy. I’ve made a few mistakes in my life and you learn every day. I will learn from it.”
Rodgers was philosophical despite the dropped points, admitting that his player was “devastated” following the mistake.
“It is the price you pay when you try to play but he should not have received the ball in the first place,” the Liverpool manager said. “It’s part of our learning. We are where we are because we have the courage to play football and build the game from behind.
“Kolo is experienced; he knows it was a mistake and he is a really conscientious player, so he is devastated. It was a good finish from Anichebe but unfortunately it has cost us two points. Hopefully at end of the season we will see the result as a point gained.
“We came here [and lost] and lost at home last year but we’ve got four points out of six and for us to be disappointed with a point away from home shows the growth of the team.”