Kolo Toure: Liverpool sign Manchester City defender
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Liverpool have completed the signing of Manchester City defender Kolo Toure.
The 32-year-old Ivory Coast international moved to Anfield on a two-year deal after his contract at Etihad Stadium ended.
Toure made 102 appearances for City after joining from Arsenal for £14m in July 2009 and was part of the team that won the Premier League in 2011-12.
But he played only 18 games in 2012-13 and was left out of the club's Champions League squad.
Toure joins the Merseyside club following the retirement of fellow central defender Jamie Carragher and with uncertainty over the future of Slovakia international Martin Skrtel.
He told the club's website: "This means a lot to me. Firstly, I'm joining one of the best clubs in England.
"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.
"I chose Liverpool because of the history and because of the spirit of the team and the people here."
In seven seasons at Arsenal, Toure won the FA Cup twice and was part of the 'Invincibles' squad that went through the 2003-04 season unbeaten to win the Premier League.
However, he missed out on City's 2011 FA Cup success after being suspended for six months in March of that year for failing a drugs test.
Toure is Liverpool's fourth signing of the summer so far, following forwards Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas, and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
I don't imagine he'll be the first choice centre-back but should provide good reliable cover.
Still fancy LFC to sign another centre back, someone like Kyriakos Papadopoulos who'll really push for a starting spot every week.
The "choc ice" comment on the other hand is one of the most repulsive, divisive and overtly racist comments I have ever heard. Even members of the BNP/EDL cringed when he said that.
If a "white" person said it, 10 game minimum, or 40 for Suarez.
"How much will he cost?"
The same as your knowledge of football. Sweet FA!
He's signing on a free. Try reading the article... the bit where it says his contract expires on 1 July is your clue.
"FC Schalke 04 have signed Borussia Dortmund central defender Felipe Santana on a three year contract after triggering the release clause in the 27 year-old’s contract."
Looks like Papadopoulos is moving on as they've signed a replacement, I hope it's to LFC!
Sure, he's 32, but if he's for free then why not? Need a mature defensive head and Toure has numerous accolades to his name and played, of course, the Invincibles team. On top of that, he's still a class defender on his day. He could really be of use to LFC.
You sound like a scratched record. Where are all these comments from LFC supporters saying top 2?
Brendan mentioned top 2 as the ambition months ago. Is it wrong for managers to be ambitious?
Another point. How is 7th, 8th or 9th mid table? Mid table is 10th. You know, half of 20.
The only thing that is "sooo funny" is your ignorance.
I have noted that since BBC Sport moved to Manchester this has increased dramatically
Thank you BBC for allowing mindless twits somewhere to spew their bigoted vile and venom.
Toure is a good signing.
Your name is an ironic parody of puerility. Well done.
Must be half term.
Still 2 years younger than Ferdinand; on the face of it we r void of leaders & players that have a winning mentality and experience - Toure brings this, we are in a position where a number of quality players abroad will not be attracted by the lack of CL, as soon as agents in the UK know we are sniffing around the estimates skyrocket. We'll have to wait and see on further signings.
As Mind the gap stated, even United bought players who were past their peak, but their experience served them well!
It is a bitter truth that us reds fans have to accept, that is that we are not in a position to make massive signings (Carroll being an unfortunate and pricey exception)
We cut our cloth accordingly and wait for the team to improve to the point at which we can compete at the top again.