Liverpool favourites to sign Yaya Toure, three reasons why

Liverpool have been installed as the Premier League team most likely to sign Yaya Toure.

Liverpool have been named as the Premier League club most likely to sign Yaya Toure, according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.

The Reds are 5/1 to sign the Manchester City midfielder, who was previously sold by incoming boss Pep Guardiola at Barcelona.

Listed as more likely are moves to the Chinese Super League (2/1), Inter Milan (5/2) and MLS (4/1), but Liverpool are rated substantially higher than their Premier League rivals, Manchester United and Arsenal - both priced at 20/1.

Here is a look at three reasons why a deal could come to fruition:

The Kolo connection

Let's get the obvious one out the way, the low price may well be coming about because Yaya Toure's brother Kolo Toure plays for Liverpool. His future at the club is not assured however, with his contract set to expire in June. The duo have never played together despite coming close at Arsenal where he was on trial, and could push to make it happen at last in the Premier League.

The missing link

Liverpool have made good progress under Jurgen Klopp since his arrival, but they are lagging behind in the race for Champions League places. Signing Toure in the summer would add to their quality, and make the team more physically imposing. He would be an impact addition who would make the rest of Europe sit up and take notice, especially if he took a dip in wages to sign for the Reds, something which would be essential to make a move happen.

Centre-back option

The Ivorian is known as a midfielder, but his ability to play at centre-back should not be dismissed either. Yaya Toure started for Barcelona at centre-back in the 2009 Champions League final against Manchester United. At this stage of his career a move to the back could be his best option, and he certainly possesses the physical attributes to do so, and help Liverpool out in an area of weakness.

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