Would this be one part of Kolo Toure Liverpool would miss?

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Toure may not have performed as well as someone will have liked at Anfield, but will he be missed behind the scenes?

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure looks set to end his stay on Merseyside after only one year at the club, with several reports linking him with a move to Trabzonspor.

When Toure arrived at the club last summer, the Reds signed a player with experience and flexibility - someone who had the experience of big games and winning titles - notably being part of the unbeaten Arsenal side in the 2003/04 season.

But not only that, but the Reds certainly signed a character, someone who is a big presence in the dressing room.

Though some can question Toure's performances last season as part of the Reds' leaky defence, including an inexplicable back pass towards Victor Anichebe for the West Brom striker to equalise against Liverpool, or the comical own goal he scored when playing against Fulham. 

But everyone has seen the big character he is. The emotion he showed on both occasions he dropped a clanger but also on the opening day of last season when Liverpool got off to a winning start against Stoke City, the joy from the face of Toure and energy seemed to rub off on his team-mates, especially after Simon Mignolet's late save from the penalty spot.

It was evident he was one of the leaders in the dressing room. Though he may not have been a frontline player for the Reds, a lot gets said about the team spirit that others around the squad create, and how much of an asset it can be for a successful side.

It is still a young side, and for sure there are several members of the squad amongst them who could be big leaders in the dressing room. Mamadou Sakho and Jordan Henderson are showing some leadership qualities.

Though he may not perform much on the field, no-one really knows the effect he has off it. He could be the older, wiser head in the dressing room that a lot of young sides need - something which Liverpool lacked immediately after the last time they finished second when Sami Hyypia was in the dressing room.

It's easy to judge his potential loss just based on performances, but big characters in the dressing room can be a huge factor in any successful team. 

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