Free transfers aren't exactly the most exciting of prospects in the summer window, but, Liverpool may just of unearthed a gem in former Manchester City centre-half Kolo Toure.
Liverpool announced the signing of Kolo Toure from City on July 1 after the Ivorian agreed to join the Reds on a free. Toure spoke of his joy of the chance to re-ignite his personal career at Anfield and relished the chance of being able to prove he's still one of Europe's top centre-backs.
With the retirement of club legend Jamie Carragher leaving a major void in Brendan Rodgers' defensive line the Irishman was more than happy to announce not only a quality centre-half, but an experienced head to the Liverpool group.
Despite his footballing life hitting rock bottom after a potentially career ending drug scandal involving his wife's diet pills, Toure returned to the City squad and proved he still had what it took to compete with the best.
Since his return from the drug ban, Toure has rekindled his career but this time round he'll be wearing Liverpool red, and with only two games gone of the 13/14 campaign, the defender really looks the part.
Liverpool have always built from good foundations at the back. Past generations have seen world class centre-half's brace the Kop; Sami Hyypia, Jamie Carragher, Alan Hansen just a select few of former fan favourites. And with Rodgers looking to fire his Liverpool side right back to the top, Kolo Toure may just be central to his plans.
Toure enjoyed a successful pre-season campaign, getting himself back to full fitness and ensuring he's as sharp as possible for one of the most important seasons he'll play in his career. Rodgers has been absolutely delighted with the developments Toure has made and has kept faith with the Ivorian, naming him in consecutive league games, resulting in his side maintaining an unbeaten record and keeping two vital clean sheets.
Alongside Liverpool vice-captain Daniel Agger, Kolo has flourished and has proven his critics that he is still a top draw defender despite his age.
Christian Benteke, one of the Premier League' most in-form forwards, was unable to break through the Liverpool back line and that was simply down to the graft Toure put into marking the Belgian completely out of the game.
If Toure can maintain his outstanding form throughout this crucial Liverpool season he'll surely remain in high regard with the Premier League faithful, and keep his world class reputation up as one of the Premier Leagues' all time greats in his position.
With Rodgers adding Simon Mignolet and Aly Cissokho to the Liverpool back line as well as Kolo Toure, he will be more than content with his defensive options and the foundations Liverpool have built at the back may prove vital to their push for Champions League football.
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