Liverpool signing: I am one of the best defenders

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Kolo Toure is determined to prove that is he still one of the best defenders in the world after signing for Liverpool today.

Toure found first team opportunities limited at Manchester City, but the Ivorian is convinced that he is still one of the most gifted players in his position in the league.

Speaking the Liverpool’s official website, he said: "Liverpool have given me the chance to show that at 32 I'm still one of the best defenders, and I will fight for that.

"These past two years of being 'part-time' have helped me refresh and be more hungry.

"I want to try and help Liverpool win trophies this season."

Toure was signed today and it is thought that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers sees him as the ideal replacement for the retired Jamie Carragher as they look to plug the void left by his departure.

The 32-year-old may not be quite as experienced as Carragher, but he is still a veteran of the Premier League and has had success at both Arsenal and Manchester City before.

But Toure admits the task of replacing such an iconic figure will not be an easy one.

"I know Jamie Carragher left the club and that's the reason why I'm here," Toure added. "He was massive for this club, he was a great professional and a great example for me. I will try to do what he did but I think that's going to be really difficult. 

"It adds pressure because it's always hard to replace a big, big player like Jamie. I'm looking forward to that because I like challenges," he concluded.


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