Liverpool fortunate to have Kolo Toure, says Martin Keown

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The defender is expected to replace an injured Martin Skrtel over the busy Christmas period, and Martin Keown says that Jurgen Klopp is a lucky man.

Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is lucky to have Kolo Toure to turn to after Martin Skrtel’s injury.

The Slovakian limped out of the pitch during the loss to Watford in the Premier League last weekend, with it later being revealed that he will miss six weeks with a hamstring injury (as reported by The Guardian).

With Dejan Lovren also on the treatment table, that leaves Klopp short of numbers at the back over this busy Christmas period.

Kolo Toure is expected to step in alongside Mahmadou Sakho in their absence, and Keown believes that the German is lucky to have the Ivorian as a back-up.

“Martin Skrtel's injury is a blow to Liverpool's defence but having Kolo Toure as backup is far from the end of the world,” he told the Daily Mail.

“He was a tremendous player at Arsenal and he's not just at Liverpool because he's a likable man, he's still a very good player.

“I felt Brendan Rodgers didn't get the best out of him and there was a nervousness to his play. But since Jurgen Klopp's arrival Toure has looked calm again and the German is fortunate to have a player like him to turn to.”

If there is one thing that Toure will bring to this current Liverpool side, it is some much-needed experience.

Klopp’s side are a relatively inexperienced one, something that has been lacking for a number of years and even more so since Steven Gerrard left.

Toure has experience in abundance though, having won titles at Arsenal and Manchester City, and Klopp will be hoping he can bring some nous to a defence that has struggled in recent weeks.

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