‘We’ve signed Manchester City’s best player’: Liverpool believe Blues’ loss of Kolo Toure is their gain

By Ben Southworth

Kolo Toure completed his free transfer from Manchester City to Liverpool yesterday – and Liverpool manager Rodgers is confident the former City centre half has a few good years ahead of him.

Toure, 32, is comfortably the oldest player Rodgers has signed since his arrival last summer, and has been brought in to fill the void left by the retirement of Jamie Carragher at the end of last season.

Rodgers is confident that Toure, who only made 14 appearances for City last season, still has what it takes to perform at the highest level.

“I saw him play at Aston Villa and in a lot of other games and I thought he was Manchester City’s best player,” he told

“Kolo’s experience is going to be really important for us – but not just that. He is someone with a winning mentality.”

The Ivorian, who won the Premier League, FA cup and Community Shield in four years at City will now challenge Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel for a starting place in the Liverpool team.

Toure, whose contract at City had the option of a five year extension, said: “When I left City it was important for me to stay in England because it’s the best league- and to join Liverpool is massive for me.”

Picture courtesy of Alfonso Jiminez, via WikiCommons, with thanks.

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