Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes his side have gained a valuable player in Kolo Toure, after the defender completed his move to Anfield.

The former Manchester City player put pen to paper as he confirmed his move to the Merseyside club, signing a two year deal.

At 32, the Ivorian is Rodgers' oldest recruit since his arrival last summer and feels that the centre-back will add vital experience to Liverpool's back-line.

Rodgers told the club's official website: "I saw him play a lot of games last year. I saw him play at Aston Villa and in a lot of other games and I thought he was Manchester City's best player.

"Losing someone like Jamie Carragher was going to leave a massive hole for us in terms of experience. Kolo's experience is going to be really important for us - but not just that. He's someone with a winning mentality. 

"There weren't too many available who were better than Kolo Toure. He's played with big clubs, he understands what a winning mentality is about" he added.

Toure comes to Anfield with a number of honours in the English game, having won two league titles and three FA Cups. 

He was Rodgers' first acquisition of the summer transfer window and he has since signed a further three players in Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto. 


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