Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appeared to leave the door open to the possibility of centre-back Kolo Toure remaining at the club beyond this season.
Toure's contract runs out in the summer, but Klopp was full of praise for the Ivorian - who has made 21 appearances for the Reds this season alone as he has been drafted in at times to deal with shortages at the back.
Klopp told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as per the Liverpool Echo: “Kolo is part of my future plans. But it depends on his future. I can’t give an answer because I didn’t speak to Kolo about his plans.
"He’s a very important player for us, even when he doesn’t play. It’s not the right moment and surrounding to speak about the future of Kolo."
Only in February, Toure indicated that he would like to sign a new deal, with the Echo reporting that he would 'fight until the end' to extend his stay on Merseyside.
If Toure were to depart, there would be a void when it comes to experience left in the squad - and the 35-year-old is clearly a popular figure both among his teammates and the staff at the club, as well as the supporters.
In terms of defensive options, Toure is clearly cover the preferred partnership of Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho - while Joel Matip has been signed from Schalke ahead of next season, and will arrive in the summer on a free transfer.
Some of his performances at the back this season have been excellent - notably in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, and as a substitute in the subsequent final at Wembley. He is a player with an excellent attitude, and no-one should underestimate the impact he has on the dressing room, as well as the potential impact he can have at the club beyond his playing career. All of these are aspects to consider when it comes to contract talks.