Liverpool fans are gutted as reports claim Kolo Toure will not be offered new Anfield deal

Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conference

It is being reported that Liverpool have decided against offering the 35-year-old Ivorian new terms despite his considerable role this season.

Liverpool's Kolo Toure in action with Villarreal's Cedric Bakambu

There has already been intense speculation as to which Liverpool players Jurgen Klopp will look to offload this summer and it seems as though one of the departing stars could be Kolo Toure, with multiple reports including one from the Daily Mail reporting that the defender will not be offered a new contract at Anfield.

Toure's current deal runs out at the end of next month, and he had been hoping to earn at least another year on Merseyside after playing a considerably role for the club this season.

The 35-year-old made 26 appearances in all competitions and turned from a figure of fun amongst supporters to a much-loved and respected figure in recent times with some impressive performances at such an advanced age.

Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conference

Toure has played a genuinely important role for the Reds, and was one of few players to emerge from the Europa League final defeat to Sevilla with any credit as far as Liverpool fans were concerned.

However, reports such as that from the Daily Mail claim that the club's hierarchy and Klopp have decided against offering him another year next season, and the former Arsenal and Manchester City man will be released ahead of pre-season.

Liverpool's Kolo Toure tackles Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro

Part of the thinking behind this move will undoubtedly be his age and his likely hefty wages, but another factor is likely to be that Klopp has already signed Hamburg defender Joel Matip up for next season.

However, regardless of the rationale, the alleged decision from the club has left a lot of Liverpool fans mourning the departure of the cult hero.

Chelsea's Bertrand Traore in action with Liverpool's Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure

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