Whilst the Ivorian centre-back isn’t getting any younger, at 32 years of age he has a wealth of experience both in the Premier League and on the international stage.
Toure’s signing is yet another fantastically astute bit of business by the new manager.
In January he brought in Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho for £20 million between them. Both players have hit the ground running in 2013, netting a combined 14 goals and making 12 assists, contributing to a much-improved end to the season – in the run-in the Reds lost just one of their final 10 league games of the season.
With the retirement of Jamie Carragher, Liverpool need to add depth a quality to their backline without breaking the bank and Kolo Toure ticks all the boxes. Admittedly, his value has depreciated in his four years with Manchester City but lets not forget the player is a seasoned centre-back with the capability of being deployed at right-back too – an ideal replacement for Carragher.
Liverpool will look to buy a younger centre-back too, with Kyriakos Papadapoulous tipped, which would maker Toure one of the best 'fourth choice' centre-backs in the league. This was how he began the season last year at City and defied expectations with a solid run of games.
He has made 302 Premier League appearances, 70 Champions League appearances (including one in the 2006 Champions League final) and has accumulated two Premier League title-winners medal, three FA Cup winners medals and has featured in two World Cups with the Ivory Coast.
That’s a very impressive CV and Rodgers has made a fantastic signing – despite his age, he is still a very good defender and he’ll want to partake in the World Cup in Brazil next term so he’ll be looking to force his way into the team on a regular basis at Anfield, even if he is not the automatic first choice.
Manchester City’s loss is certainly Liverpool’s gain in this instance and due to his status as a free transfer, Liverpool have very little to lose. Carragher’s retirement leaves a void in the team and the dressing room – Kolo Toure is exactly the kind of experienced professional who can come in and do a job for Rodgers.
Whilst his value may current be nothing, Toure can bring much much more than that to the table. Rodgers is steadfastly becoming one of England’s most adept bargain hunters and this deal is yet another reason for optimism on Merseyside.
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