A Premier League mainstay since his Arsenal debut in 2002, Ivorian international Kolo Toure, 32, has won the admiration of Liverpool team-mate Daniel Agger because of the former Manchester City centre back's class, organisation skills and physicality.
Having already made 307 appearances in England's top division, Toure free transferred to Anfield earlier this summer. Speaking to the club's official website, Agger marvelled: 'He's been around so long, he knows what he is doing. He is a good guy, too. I haven't played with him much yet, but he's a class footballer. We've known that for a long time, so it's not a surprise.'
Singling out praise for his ability to communicate with the rest of the rear-guard on the training ground, Agger continued: 'He is talking a lot on the pitch, he is well organised and he is physically on top. He is an all-round player. He's good. Experience is important for the team. We need it if we want to reach our goals.'
Toure followed attacking Spanish duo Luis Alberto, formerly of Sevilla, and Iago Aspas, ex Celta Vigo, to Liverpool but Agger also singled out Mignolet, Sunderland's former goalkeeper, for specific praise.
'He's been impressive in training. He's a great shot stopper. We know him from Sunderland and he's been good.'
Liverpool's summer spending could be set to continue as Aly Cissokho and Roberto Soldado have also been linked with switches.
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