Kolo Toure is one of the top trends on Twitter. That sentence is enough to get any Premier League fan excited but we here at GiveMeSport are saddened to report that his presence on that little list is in reference to some bad, bad news.
According to a host of sources, including the Mirror, Liverpool will publish their list of released players later this Friday and Toure's name will be included. It comes as no surprise but, although told to expect it, the Merseyside faithful have still entered a perpetual state of mourning.
A defensive crisis left Jurgen Klopp with little option but to install Toure as a key player towards the back end of last season.
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At 34-years-old, he was certainly not the ideal alternative for the German manager, who loves playing with the highest of high lines. But what Toure lacked in pace, ability, stamina and strength, he made up for in heart, determination and that killer smile.
But it was not enough to earn him an extra 12 months at Anfield. Joel Matip has signed from Schalke and Mamadou Sakho appears to have escaped a ban for his failed drugs test. Alas, he is no longer needed.
Needless to say, the outpouring of emotion on social media has been quite something and we have drawn up the very best for you right here.
And who can forget this moment
Leaving against his will
Toure's final game for the club will unfortunately be the Europa League final, which they lost 3-1 to Sevilla. In the aftermath of that game, Toure declared his desire to stay.
Of course I want to stay,” he said. “It's a great club to play in, but the manager has his plan and any decision I will respect. He is a top manager and he knows what he is doing."
As many fans have called for, it appears that Liverpool are considering alternative roles for Toure including that of a coach or as an ambassador. However, such an offer would obviously require Toure to retire and there is no suggestion he is ready to do that.
He still has plenty to offer a club outside of Europe's top five leagues and could probably boost the pension fund with a short stint in the Chinese Super League.
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