When Liverpool signed Kolo Toure on a free transfer in 2013, many supporters weren’t convinced.
The centre-back was already 32-years-old and had been a bit part figure for Manchester City in the previous two campaigns. But, despite never been a first-team regular at Anfield, Toure has become a bit of a cult-hero on Merseyside.
The Ivorian has come into the side whenever there have been injuries or late on in matches to help preserve a lead. His passion and commitment to the cause during his three years at the club has seen him become a fan favourite amongst Kopites.
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However, it appears his time is up at Liverpool with the Daily Mail reporting that he will not be offered a new deal this summer. Toure’s current contract expires in July and it was unclear whether Jurgen Klopp would reward the 35-year-old with a new one.
Toure’s 72nd, and final, match for the Reds came in the crushing 3-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final. Despite the loss, Toure was one of Liverpool’s better performers, making some outstanding tackles during the 90 minutes.
But that looks to be his last act in the red of Liverpool and it’s clear that fans are upset to see such a likeable character leave the club.
Liverpool fans react
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In the final few months of the campaign, Toure was repeatedly asked about a potential new deal and he made it clear that he wanted to remain at the club.
Toure's previous comments
"I've not been told anything. I am just enjoying every second of being at Liverpool Football Club," he said back in February, per Sky Sports.
"I am a fighter. The future is not the most important thing for me. What's important is what's happening for me right now.
"I'm in the team at the moment and I am showing every game that I'm still here.”
Toure continued: ”It doesn't matter what other people say, I'm very happy and I always give 100 per cent for this club. Sometimes you can make people change their minds by performing well and that's my challenge right now.
"I can show people by my games that I'm still a top player. That's all I can do and I will fight until the end.
"I've not had any offers for next season yet but if I keep playing like I am at the moment then I'm sure doors will open."
Toure found himself behind Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren in the centre-back pecking order for much of this season but after the former failed a drugs test, Toure was called upon in the final few weeks of the season.
With Toure departing, Sakho facing a lengthy ban and Martin Skrtel also likely to depart, Jurgen Klopp faces a shortage of central defenders next season.
He has already brought in Joel Matip, though, and Joe Gomez will return from a long-term injury in time for the beginning of the campaign.
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