Has Liverpool man just signalled his own Anfield exit?

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has been talking about the mistakes his side made this season and what they have learned from them.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has revealed that the Reds will learn from their mistakes this season as they bid to finally claim a Premier League title in the future.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, the Ivory Coast defender said, “We will gain experience by making those mistakes and losing the title like we did. I am sure that will give us the strength to be better next year.”

But if Brendan Rodgers’ side does learn from the follies of their most recent campaign, what does that mean for Toure? After all, questions have been asked about his ability to consistently perform at the top level, with many critiquing Liverpool’s less-than-watertight defence this season and highlighting him as a particular weak spot.

Indeed, a look at the Opta stats below shows that he was outperformed by both Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho in five key defensive areas, and Daniel Agger in two of those five.

  Effective Clearance / appsEffective Head Clearance / appsDuel Won / appsAerial Won / appsInterception Won / appsAppsMins
Martin Skrtel 11.39 6.53 5.44 3.58 1.67 36 3,222
Mamadou Sakho 7.56 5.56 4.83 2.67 1.50 18 1,480
Kolo Touré 7.30 3.90 4.30 2.15 0.75 20 1,439
Daniel Agger 5.65 3.25 4.25 2.25 1.05 20 1,420

When you consider those statistics, you wonder just how many games Toure will play next season, especially considering that Rodgers is almost certain to strengthen the central defensive areas this summer.

With the additional challenge of Champions League football to come, Liverpool are going to need strength in depth in all areas.  But with Toure himself saying that his side will learn from their mistakes, surely the first to rectify is solidifying a back-line that conceded with alarming regularity.

A number of players have been linked with a switch to Anfield during the close-season, including the likes of Marcos Rojo and Micah Richards; which may just beg the question: What next for Toure?

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