Early Doors

Toure has catastrophic meltdown after Liverpool concede

Premier League footballers are often accused of not showing enough passion for their craft and of only caring about the money and the fame.

Kolo Toure though seems to be the exception to the rule – particularly if his reaction to conceding against Hull on Sunday is anything to go by.

While the Hull players wheeled off in celebration after David Meyler had put the hosts 2-1 to the good in what turned out to be a surprise 3-1 win for Steve Bruce’s men, Toure beat the floor in frustration at the concession.

It was reminiscent of Sammy Kuffour’s reaction to Manchester United grabbing two late goals to win the 1999 Champions League final 2-1 or William Gallas’s now infamous meltdown in the wake of Arsenal damaging draw against Birmingham in 2008.

The Gunners had started the day with a five point lead at the top of the table and looked as though they were going to sustain that until Gael Clichy gave away a last minute penalty that resulted in a 2-2 draw.

Hopefully, Toure’s reaction won’t have the same ramifications for team morale and results as Gallas’s did in 2008. In fairness that was the same one in which Eduardo Da Silva had his leg broken by Martin Taylor, which was the actual catalyst to Arsenal’s late season collapse.

It was however, the Gallas reaction to the late concession of a penalty and the resulting goal that became synonymous with Arsenal collapses.