Kolo Toure hailed as 'vital' by former Liverpool player

An ex-Liverpool player has been reflecting on a current member of Brendan Rodgers' squad.

Former Liverpool player Gary Gillespie has been speaking to the club’s official website about Kolo Toure.

The Ivory Coast international impressed in the heart of the Reds’ defence despite their penalty shoot-out defeat to Besiktas last week, and Gillespie believes the 33-year-old has an important role to play between now and the end of the season.

“We have got to the stage now where you are going to get one or two suspensions or injuries, so it’s vitally important you can utilise your whole squad,” Gillespie said.

“For me, his experience will be vital.”

Toure has made 39 appearances since signing for Liverpool on a free transfer in 2013, and 15 of those have come in the current campaign.

He showed against Real Madrid just what he is capable of on his day and there is no doubt he will get more chances between now and May.

Dejan Lovren’s signing has not worked out – at least not yet – and it will be interesting to see if Toure is given more chances in the back-three, possibly allowing Emre Can to be pushed further forward.

With the Reds pushing hard for a top-four finish and a potential FA Cup victory, expect Toure to play his part.

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