Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has hailed the signing of defender Kolo Toure as "absolutely magnificent."

The Ivorian will join Anfield on a free transfer after Manchester City decided not to renew his contract.

The 32-year-old has Premier League experience after spells with Arsenal and Manchester City and Fowler thinks he is the right man to fill the void left by the retiring Jamie Carragher.

"You look at his performances over the years for Arsenal and Manchester City - he has been magnificent in the Premier League. Let's hope that he comes to Liverpool and carries on that magnificent form," he told the club's official website.

"He's been a fantastic player. His experience will be vital for Liverpool, especially after losing Carra. Carra was unbelievable for Liverpool and, if anything, he was probably Liverpool's best defender last year. He will be a big miss.

"I don't know if Kolo Toure will play all of the games, but Liverpool as a team and a squad certainly needed a lot more numbers. Brendan is doing that right now. Toure has been there and worn the T-shirt in the Premier League so I think his signing is absolutely magnificent."

Fowler, who made 369 appearances and scored 183 goals for Liverpool, played against Toure a number of times during his career and admitted that he was a tough opponent. He also thinks that arriving at a new club will benefit the defender.

"I've played against him numerous times and he is a fantastic player.

"I'm sure coming to a new club will spur him on that little bit more and he will want to do well. He will want to play. I think he will try hard in training and a little bit of pride will set in," he added.

Toure will have big boots to fill at Anfield following the retirement of Jamie Carragher.

Carragher made 737 appearances at Liverpool and his departure meant the club would need to sign a quality replacement.

Toure who has been in the Premier League since 2002 and made a combined 405 appearances for Arsenal and Manchester City will arrive at Anfield hoping to fill the gap left by Carragher.


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