Kolo Toure had endured a horrific spell at Manchester City, as his career went down the spiral following his prominent spell at Arsenal.

The Ivorian was brought in with much expectations to the Etihad Stadium in 2009, as the time progressed he slowed down, and was forced down the pecking order following a flurry of arrivals. His inconsistent displays also played a part in his downfall.

During the same period Kolo's brother Yaya Toure prospered with the Citizens, but that also couldn't help his case as Toure senior failed to deliver when demanded.

Apart from a few occasions towards the end of 2012/13, the African enforcer was a shadow of the player that we witnessed at the Emirates. He was low on confidence and that resulted in his performance as well.

His disappointing stint came to an end when he was released as a free agent by Manchester City at the end of last season. The former Arsenal star was looking down the barrel when Liverpool came calling for his services.

He was roped in as a replacement for retired Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. Toure was expected to bring in leadership qualities, and was seen as a back-up to fill in whenever needed.

He was expected to play the back up role to the Daniel Agger-Martin Skrtel partnership, and some of the Kopites even rated him below Uruguayan centre-back Sebastian Coates.

Many had written him off after his performances at Manchester City, where he was troubled by poor form, injuries, lack of confidence and inconsistent displays.

The lack of expectations seems to have rejuvenated the player in a Liverpool shirt. He got his chance in Brendan Rodgers' side as Skrtel and Coates were injured at the start of the Premier League campaign.

Toure stepped in along with Agger at the heart of Liverpool's back line, flanked by Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique. The four-man defence did their job well to protect Simon Mignolet's goalposts so far.

After game week two, Liverpool are looking like a much better defensive unit thanks to their back-to-back clean sheets. They have a 100 per cent record until now, which is achieved by only two teams in the Premier League this season, Tottenham Hotspur is the other one.

By taking a closer look at the results and performances by the Liverpool defence, one can identify the impact made by Toure since his arrival on Merseyside.

The right-back turned centre-back is showing signs of rediscovering past form which made him a top defender during his Arsenal days. His confidence is back and he's performing at a higher level inspiring his team-mates at Liverpool.

Toure is a much more experienced campaigner now with more than 300 Premier League appearances under his belt. With age and time, he has mastered the nuances of defending while the bad patch has made him a tougher defender mentally as well. 

It looks like the less pressure and expectations has done wonders for his confidence. There are several questions doing the rounds after the end of game-week two, but all of them are showing the positive impact Toure has made at Liverpool.

Do you think Kolo Toure finally found his home at Liverpool? Can he come out of the shadows of his more illustrious brother Yaya once again? Can he repeat those magical performances for Arsenal in another red jersey? And finally, can he hold on to a regular first-team spot in the long run to lead Liverpool back to the top?

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