With the departure of Jamie Carragher looking set to leave a large void in the Liverpool back-four, Brendan Rodgers has moved quickly to replace the departing Scouser.

It was confirmed yesterday by SkySports that the 32-year-old Ivorian defender will join the Anfield giants on a free. 

But how will Toure be a benefit to Liverpool?

Much like many I was shocked to hear that Toure was Liverpool bound, however, upon reflection I thought that this could prove to be a master stroke by Rodgers.

Having arrived in England 11 years ago, Toure has been blessed to play at big clubs gaining a wealth of experience which would greatly benefit the Liverpool defence. 

He will be a good partner to Daniel Agger who is renown to be a bursting centre-back, but this leaves Martin Skrtel's future in doubt. He is also a winner who has tasted much success at Arsenal and Manchester City, winning the FA Cup and Premier League - something which would be good viewing for Liverpool fans.

He is also defensively solid and very good tactically. He is a natural born leader who has captained his two previous clubs and organises defences as well as constantly calls out orders making sure that he and his fellow defenders are covered.

However his greatest benefit will be that of passing on his experience. Toure will pass on invaluable experience to the likes of Andre Wisdom and Martin Kelly and has been remarked to be hands on in helping youth player’s develop. 

The only concern for Liverpool would be his fitness, which as of late has not been fantastic.

He will in no means replace the departing Jamie Carragher who has been irreplaceable throughout his stint at Anfield, and Toure will not be a long-term fix.

He is essentially a short-term solution to develop a long-term base.


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