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Kolo Toure's professionalism and attitude are key components in Liverpool's squad

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You have to admire footballers who know they are not going to start every game yet perform when called upon, no questions asked - a category Kolo Toure fits perfectly into.

The Ivorian's career has been filled with success, winning silverware with both Arsenal and Manchester City, so when he signed for Liverpool on a free transfer in 2013, it seemed then-manager Brendan Rodgers had pulled off a shrewd piece of business.

Upon his arrival, Toure knew his role would be as an experienced back up to a squad filled with quality but short of title winners.


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He featured in just over half of Liverpool's league fixtures throughout his debut season, but saw game time significantly lessened following the arrival of Dejan Lovren in 2014.

Despite this fact, Toure remained professional and accepted his place; football is littered with stories regarding players who show frustration at not playing, but that doesn't apply to the centre-back. It's a quality that deserves recognition.

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His patience has been somewhat rewarded of late by seeing action in the Europa League and twice playing against Manuel Pellegrini's City last week.

Called into action following an injury to Mamadou Sahko in the Capital One Cup final last Sunday, Toure showcased his experience and quality by conceding just once against a talented City attack across two fixtures - an achievement that must also be commended.

The 34-year-old's all-action style of play has resulted in mistakes made throughout his career, of course, yet one thing he cannot be criticised for his work rate and passion.

Liverpool v Manchester City - Capital One Cup Final

Toure is the ideal player for a club like Liverpool; someone who's vocal at the back and unafraid to put his neck on the line for his side regardless of how often he features. He has become something of a cult hero amongst Liverpool fans as a result of his selflessness and commitment.

Since arriving at Anfield, the former Ivory Coast international has only signed one-year contracts. No news has yet emerged regarding a new deal for the 2016/17 season, but judging by his recent performances and the role he has to play, Jurgen Klopp would be a fool to rid of the centre-back's services.

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