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Liverpool star says international return down to club form

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Since his free transfer from Manchester City, Kolo Toure has proven to be one of Liverpool's most reliable performers.

He has started in five of the six games that he has appeared in for the Reds, and that is amidst tough competition from the likes of Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho.

During his final season at the Etihad, Toure featured rarely. As a consequence, he failed to appear for his national side, the Ivory Coast. However, as a he as returned to playing with Liverpool, he has also agreed to return to action with his national team.

Quoted on Sky Sports, the player said, "They (national team officials) were calling me but I told them I had to prepare myself," said Toure. "I had to take time and start playing again because when you don't play for your club it is very difficult to play for your national team."

Indeed, a number of national coaches do not consider players who are not playing regularly for their clubs. As Toure rightly pointed out, "you need to be fit to play and I wasn't playing a lot for (Manchester) City but this is a new start for me now and I am playing for a great club."

The Ivorian certainly seems to have moved on from the controversy that surrounded his six-month ban from playing after failing a drugs test in 2011.

He is clearly delighted to now be playing for a side that is currently joint first in the Premier League.

"The most important thing now is to take it game by game," he said. "The season is long, every game is like a final for us. We don't look forward, we just look to the next game which is the most important.

"We have good players and a great mentality and are at a fantastic club. We just need to play well every week and give 100 per cent for our team-mates and the fans.

"We have to keep working hard and at the end of the season we'll count the points and see how far we can go."

"We played well in our last match (a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace), got three points and are very happy and we can enjoy it but we go away for the internationals and when we come back it is like a new season starting again."

The former Arsenal player - at the age of 32 - will also be hoping to maintain his career for as long as possible. Playing regularly at a club like Liverpool will help him to achieve that goal. 

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