Former Liverpool captain explains why Kolo Toure is important

Former Liverpool defender Mark Wright believes Kolo Toure has plenty to offer the Reds despite his age

Mark Wright believes Liverpool were right to offer veteran centre-half Kolo Toure a new contract.

The Ivory Coast international signed a one-year contract extension with the Reds earlier this month to secure a third season at Anfield.

The 34-year-old made just seven Premier League starts in the 2014/15 campaign after falling behind Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho in the pecking order.

However, former England and Liverpool defender Wright believes Toure’s experience is a vital commodity to the 18-time English champions.

“I think he’s a true professional,” Wright, who made more than 200 appearances between 1991 and 1998 for the Reds, told Liverpool’s website.

“[He] does everything that’s asked of him, plays at right-back, centre-half, sweeper, wherever, he gives his all.

“He comes across as a fantastic pro and a nice man.

“You need to be giving that experience out and giving an opinion and he seems to me one of these people who are liked in the dressing room and that’s important as well.”

Toure made 13 appearances in all competitions for the five-time European champions last season.

The former Arsenal defender has won the Premier League title with the Gunners and Manchester City during a decorated career.

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Toure, who moved to Liverpool from the Citizens in 2013, is still to lift silverware with the Merseyside outfit.

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