Kolo Toure gives Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren a run for his money

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure did a fine job for the Reds against Besiktas this week.

Liverpool saw their Europa League campaign come to an early end as they lost on penalties to Turkish side Beisktas on Thursday.

The Reds led 1-0 from the first leg courtesy of a Mario Balotelli penalty, but Besiktas levelled the tie in the 72nd minute through Tolgay Arslan.

With no more goals the match went to a shoot-out and Liverpool’s £20million summer signing Dejan Lovren missed the crucial kick to see Brendan Rodgers’ side crash out.

The match saw the return to the starting line-up of Kolo Toure, who had not featured for Liverpool since his return from the Africa Cup of Nations, and the 33-year-old put in a solid performance.

Comparing Toure’s contribution with that of Lovren, there really was not much to choose between the two players, with the Ivorian putting in the better performance overall even if the Croatian international had some slightly better statistics.

  Pass AccuracyTacklesInterceptionsClearancesDribblesAerials WonFoulsMins Played
Kolo Toure 73.8% 2 2 9 1 3 0 90
Dejan Lovren 79.7% 0 4 11 1 5 0 90

Toure made two tackles while his Liverpool teammate failed to make any on the night. The two players were also separated by no more than two when it came to interceptions, clearances and aerials won, while neither player committed a foul all evening.

When you consider how much Lovren cost Liverpool when he moved from Southampton, he still has so much to prove, especially when a player eight years his senior and one who has barely featured in recent times looked the same quality, having cost nothing when he moved to Anfield back in 2013.

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