Toure practicises pens ahead of possible swansong

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Kolo Toure has been practicing penalties ahead of what could be his Liverpool swansong in Wednesday’s Europa League final against Sevilla.

Toure is out of contract in the summer and claims to be in the dark regarding the possibility of being offered a deal to stay at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp said he will “never give an answer” to questions about contracts, but Toure is simple focused on finishing this season on a high as he looks to add a first European trophy to his haul having been runner-up in the 2006 Champions League final with Arsenal.

“I just try to enjoy the time as much as possible,” Toure said on Friday. “I’ve played for 15 years and you don’t get in this kind of situation very often.

“You need to give everything you can on the day and enjoy the journey because you will remember it for years. Your kids will talk about it.

“It would mean a lot to me. Every club I’ve been at I’ve won a trophy, and I want to do the same for Liverpool, for the fans. We have a special relationship.

“I will enjoy every day I’m here. This game will be massive and we will give everything we’ve got to try to make the fans happy.”

Toure will hope to start against Sevilla after playing in both legs of the semi-final against Villarreal, but the 35-year-old will not kick up a fuss even if he is left on the bench for what could be his last game at the club.

“I am a team player,” he added. “The manager knows who will play the game. What is important is that we win.

“I don’t know [if it will be my last appearance], but the most important thing is to win. I don’t think about anything else.”

Asked about what it would mean to him to win the Europa League, Toure said: “This one is really important. I’ve played Champions Lague final and I didn’t win it.”

Toure also revealed he would put his hand up to take a penalty in a shoot-out if required against Sevilla, adding: “I’ve been practising my penalties!

“As an experienced player when the time comes you have to make the decision to take one. Sometimes you have to go through tough times to have good times. Losing to City (in the League Cup final) was a tough time.”