Liverpool cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over fellow Capital One Cup finalists Manchester City on Wednesday and whilst there were a number of good performances that caught the eye of manager Jurgen Klopp on the night, the eccentric German admitted to giving a standing ovation to Kolo Toure.
The Ivorian centre-back's impressive display was key in helping his side keep a clean sheet but Klopp pointed to a challenge he made on City striker Sergio Aguero (scroll down to see) as the reason he stood up to applaud his efforts.
He told Liverpool's official website: “The challenge of the day was Kolo Toure against Aguero. I think it was the first time I’ve made a standing ovation in a game for a player. That was really great.”
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Toure is in the last few months of his contract with the Anfield club, having signed a one-year extension last May. The 34-year-old has spoken of his desire to fight for a place at the club despite a number of fans and pundits believing his time in English football could be coming to an end. His strong performances recently would not have gone unnoticed and may even earn him a prolonged stay at the club.
Despite his desire for a new deal, staying in Merseyside may not mean regular playing time for Toure. Liverpool have already sealed the transfer of FC Schalke defender Joel Matip, who will join the club when his contract with the German side expires at the end of the season, which means if Toure is to stay, it may mean serving Klopp's side as a squad player.
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Either way, the experience he brings to the side will be vital. The Ivorian has made 348 appearances in the Premier League, lifting the title twice, firstly as a member of Arsenal's famous 2004 Invincibles side and then with Manchester City just four years ago.
He also recently managed to score his first goal for Liverpool, taking his overall Premier League career tally to just twelve goals.
Whatever the future holds for Toure remains to be seen but the centre-back will surely aim to continue putting in the kind of performances that keep his manager clapping and the Anfield faithful joyfully singing his name.
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