Report - Kolo Toure could leave Liverpool

Kolo Toure Ivory Coast

Toure was the first signing of last summer, and could amongst the first to leave this summer.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure look set to depart Anfield after just season at the club according to a report in the Liverpool Echo.

Toure was the first signing of last summer after he arrived on a free transfer from Manchester City and despite starting, and impressing, in the first two Premier League games last season he was used as cover the majority of the campaign.

As injuries struck at the heart of the Liverpool defence to Daniel Agger and Mamadou Sakho, Toure was given his chance but was prone to the odd clanger, including playing the ball to Victor Anichebe to equalise for West Bromwich Albion in a 1-1 draw, as well as an own goal in a 3-2 win over Fulham.

Despite making 24 appearances last season, he is said to be considering his options with Turkish side Trabazonspor reportedly interested in the defender who has represented the Ivory Coast at this summer's World Cup.

Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Agger are all said to be ahead of Toure in the pecking order at Anfield, according to the report, who still has a year remaining on his contract at the club.

It has been well documented that Brendan Rodgers is looking to improve his defence following a season where Liverpool conceded 50 goals in the Premier League alone, and Toure looks as if he will have to be one of those sacrificed. 

Despite his errors the Reds would be losing a player who can provide flexibility across the back line along with a lot of experience and pedigree - if a deal goes through.

Dejan Lovren from Southampton has been strongly linked with Liverpool and has handed in a transfer request. Now with Croatia knocked out of the World Cup there, one would think there could be some movement on that either sooner rather than later.

There has also been speculation on the future of Daniel Agger after comments he made in the Danish media after there were times where he had to miss out to Mamadou Sakho, so the Ivorian may not be the only defender on the move from Anfield in what is sure to be an interesting transfer window at Anfield.

Liverpool fans would be hoping that any central defender that arrives at the club from now on could be less error prone, but one thing that may not be talked about so much is his leadership within the group of players. In one way another member of the squad has to step up to fulfil that role. 

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