Kolo Toure has revealed that he has drawn an iron curtain between himself and his brother Yaya, saying the pair of them will exchange no form of contact until after Sunday's Capital One Cup final.
The defender is set to go head-to-head with Yaya when Liverpool take on Manchester City at Wembley Stadium. It represents a chance for both clubs to win the first bit of silverware of the season and the Ivorian veterans are taking it very seriously.
It will be the first time the famous footballing brothers have faced each other in a final and neither wants to walk away as the loser. As a result, they have put their family ties to one side and will only resume brotherly love when the match is over.
Toure told the Liverpool Echo: “If we’re both out on that pitch then it’s going to be amazing to play against him in a final. I hope to face him. If not, the most important thing is that my team win.
“There will be no fraternising with Yaya before Sunday - no phone calls, no messages, no feeling. We are both going to war. We will both want to win and then we will talk after.”
There is, of course, one problem. While Yaya is crucial to Manuel Pellegrini's side, Kolo, who is two years old than his brother, is certainly not guaranteed a starting spot for the Reds. He was an unused substitute against FC Augsburg on Thursday evening with Jurgen Klopp preferring Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva as his centre-back pairing.
With Dejan Lovren suffering from illness and Martin Skrtel still subdued with a hamstring injury, Toure is indeed expected to start alongside Sakho. The consensus is that the 34-year-old was rested ahead of Sunday but the fact remains that Lucas was impressive against the Bundesliga outfit and could deputise in his place.
“I don’t know if I was rested but the most important thing is that the team won and we went through,” he said.
“I hope the manager is holding me back for Sunday but we will have to see. I thought Lucas played very well back there. He was very strong defensively.
“Of course, you want to play every game but for me the team comes first. If I get to play on Sunday then great, if not, I will just wait for the next game.”
No mental advantage
Formerly a Manchester City player himself, Kolo is in a great position to know exactly what to expect from the Citizens. And he knows them well enough to suspect that Liverpool's 4-1 win over them in November will have no mental effect going into the final.
"This is going to be a tough, tough game”
He said: “To be honest, I don’t think that win gives us an advantage. City will be much more focused this time. City are a top club.
“When they are really focused it’s difficult for opposing teams. I know they respect us a lot. This is going to be a tough, tough game.”