Kolo Toure has reportedly turned down the opportunity to move to Trabzonspor in Turkey after Brendan Rodgers told the player he had a future at Anfield.
The Ivorian had been linked with a summer switch to top-flight side Trabzonspor, following the arrival of Dejan Lovren from Southampton for £10 million but it would appear that the 33-year-old has been convinced to remain at the club for another season.
Speaking in an interview with Sport Ivoire, the defender revealed he was "still at Liverpool" and would remain at the Anfield club for the foreseeable future.
"I had talks with the coach who clearly indicated that I was part of his plans. It is a privilege to be at Liverpool. I am very happy to wear the shirt of this legendary club," he told the news provider.
Toure went on to explain that his excellent fitness record was a key factor in Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers moving to convince the player to remain on Merseyside, according to the interview, with the Reds boss evidently impressed with the Ivorian’s pre-season preparations.
"I feel good physically. At 33 years of age, I am ready for any challenge. It is because I have been spared from serious injuries during my career. I continue to work hard in training to keep up the momentum, and it is why the coach wants to keep me at Liverpool.”
Though he is unlikely to be a guaranteed starter for the club, Rodgers evidently sees Toure as the kind of player Liverpool need in their squad if they are to mount a serious title challenge this season.
The Reds came close to winning the Premier League last season only to capitulate against Crystal Palace and Chelsea in the run-in to the conclusion of the campaign.
And with Champions League football set to return to Anfield this season, Liverpool could well benefit from having a player with Toure’s versatility and experience in their ranks as they prepare for a busy schedule of fixtures.