Aldridge surprised by Kolo Toure's omission against Chelsea- should he play more often?

Kolo Toure Ivory Coast

John Aldridge thought the former Arsenal and Manchester City defender should have ayed in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the weekend.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has said he was surprised that defender Kolo Toure was left out of the starting line-up of Liverpool's 2-1 loss to Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday.

Toure played in the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Bernabeu the Tuesday before their clash with the Premier League leaders, and despite the defeat he was praised for his performance at the back alongside Martin Skrtel - but was relegated to the bench on Saturday in favour of £20 million summer signing Dejan Lovren.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge said: "[Against Chelsea] There was a spell just before half-time when I don’t think I’ve seen us as nervous at the back. 

"I have to say I was surprised that Kolo Toure was left out following his performance in Spain.

"He was by far our best player in the Bernabeu and had a great game.

"He is playing with confidence and I would have asked him to continue on Saturday.

"If he is playing with confidence, that will spread to his defensive partners and the goalkeeper – and suddenly the defensive unit immediately starts to look more secure."

Aldridge certainly has a point, but there was also a case for Javier Manquillo to keep his place in the side ahead of Glen Johnson.

But if we stick with the issue of Toure missing out. Lovren was brought into the club to provide necessary leadership at the back to a defence that had conceded 50 goals in the Premier League goals. But if you look back to Liverpool's best defensive performances last season, several of them featured the Ivory Coast defender providing that leadership.

Whilst Lovren has his talents, his aerial ability certainly seems to be the best of the centre halves at the club, he hasn't shown any leadership qualities. Instead he has been error strewn and brought anxiety to a defence that has a goalkeeper that has his flaws as well as some evident qualities.

What would make sense is, if manager Brendan Rodgers sees Lovren as the long-term leader at the back then he play s Lovren alongside Toure with the idea of the Croatia international learning from his more experienced teammate.

It seems for as long as Liverpool's defence looks fragile, the experience of Toure still has a role to play at Anfield.

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