Kolo Toure outlines why he extended his stay at Liverpool

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Kolo Toure agreed a new deal yesterday to extend his stay with Liverpool.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure yesterday agreed to a new one-year contract extension at the club, and he has told the official club website it's fantastic news for him. 

Toure hasn't been a regular starter during his two years on Merseyside so far but has provided cover at the back when needed and explained his reasons for extending his stay at the club, citing his family and wanting to help the players that are still at the club achieve things. 

He said: "I am one of the most experienced players in the squad and I have to play that role because we have so many young players. For me, it's important that I try to help those young players when they need it. I am happy to do that, I like to take on that responsibility, and I enjoy that role.

"I have won some things in my career, but now I want to help the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and the other young players win something because they are great, great players.

"If I can help them in any way with my experience to achieve things next season, that would be massive for me."

With the departure of Steven Gerrard this summer, the Reds could do with a senior, mentor figure within the squad that younger players can look up to.

It may have been a little while since Toure last won something but that experience never really leaves a player - and by all accounts it is reported that he is a positive figure in the dressing room. Given the turbulence surrounding Liverpool at the moment, having a figure like Toure around may not prove to be a bad thing. 

But one would warn against him playing too many games next season and would hope that he is just there for cover, as he doesn't appear to be the man to play week in week out for the Reds. With several younger players as part of the squad, and Europa League football for Liverpool, there is certainly a role for Toure to play, but not a front line one.

As a mentor, it's easy to see why Liverpool extended Toure's stay, and one hopes he can be effective in that role.

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