Yaya Toure was withdrawn during the second half of the 0-0 draw at Villa Park against Aston Villa after an ineffectual display. The Ivorian was replaced by Fabian Delph whose presence in the match brought the Villa crowd to life, but also provided an important spark as the Blues chased a winner.
Now rested and focused after a two-week international break, Toure is ready for Saturday's massive clash with Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool. Toure's semi-retirement from international duty has been good news for City, however this week it was revealed that the Ivorian would return to his national team for next year.
It's tough sometimes when you are involved in a lot of games through the season. I often spend the international breaks with the national team on top of my club commitments so it's been good to have a more restful fortnight. "Now I'm ready to get back to work and all my focus is on Saturday. We have a fantastic game to play against Liverpool and we need to get back to winning games, though we are expecting a hard match. To be honest with you, I don't like it when a new manager (Klopp) comes to a club because all the players want to impress him!"
Toure's form has been up and down this season. His performance against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League playing as a number 10 due to the absence of David Silva via injury was among the most impressive of the season, but that was followed up by the ineffective display against Aston Villa.