Liverpool’s Kolo Toure thrilled to join ‘one of England’s best clubs’

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure says he is thrilled to join "one of the best clubs in England" after sealing his Reds move

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Kolo Toure has been capped 103 times by Ivory Coast Photo: Ailura/Wikimedia

Kolo Toure says he is thrilled to be joining “one of England’s best clubs” after putting pen to paper on a reported two-year contract with Liverpool on Tuesday.

The Ivory Coast international finally completed a move to Anfield on a free transfer after the Reds agreed a deal with the centre-half in late May.

The 32-year-old spent four years at Manchester City, winning the Premier League and FA Cup twice, and he will help fill the void left by recently retired Jamie Carragher.

“This means a lot to me. Firstly, I’m joining one of the best clubs in England,” Toure told Liverpool’s website.

“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.”

Speaking back in June, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that he was thrilled to agree a deal to sign a player of Toure’s experience to help replace Carragher.

“Kolo Toure is a player I’ve admired since he came into the Premier League,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.

“He was a wonderful servant for Arsenal and a part of that ‘Invincibles’ group and did exceptionally well, and in the transformation of Manchester City, they brought him in as one of their key players.

“We’re losing an absolute colossal player in Jamie Carragher, who was absolutely brilliant for me. It’s very, very hard to replace that type.

“Kolo Toure will give us that experience and winning mentality. He’s still very fit, very strong and will come in, offer that support and fight for his place in the team.”

The defender, who will become the first Ivorian to play for Liverpool, previously won three major trophies with Arsenal, playing in over 325 games for the north Londoners between 2002 and 2009.

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