Veteran Liverpool defender wants Anfield stay

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The Ivorian defender would like to stay at Liverpool, but only if he can make a worthy contribution to the team.

Liverpool defender Kolo Touré has told BBC Sport that he will only stay at Anfield if he can continue to make a contribution to the team.

Touré, 35, will be out of contract at the end of the season, and he spoke of his desire to stay, as long as he can help out the team.

"As long as I can bring something (to the team) I'm happy to stay but if I can't, there is no point," Toure said.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City man has made 22 appearances for the Merseyside club this term, and Jürgen Klopp has spoken highly of his attributes. In response to a statement that the German wants to keep Touré around, the Ivorian praised his boss.

"It's great to hear that from a great manager," the centre-back said.

The Reds currently sit seventh in the Premier League table and are fighting West Ham United and Manchester United for a Europa league spot.

Touré could very well find himself heavily involved in the run-in following Mamadou Sakho's suspension.

Klopp's men head to Villarreal on Thursday night for their Europa League semi-final, and the German will surely be prioritising this fixture ahead of their Premier League games, with the winners gaining automatic qualification to the Champions League.

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