Liverpool’s Kolo Toure: It’s a big honour to replace Jamie Carragher

Liverpool's new signing Kolo Toure admits it is an "unbelievable" feeling to be chosen as Jamie Carragher's replacement at Anfield

jamie carragher
Jamie Carragher retired from professional football in May

Kolo Toure admits it is a “big honour” to be given the chance to replace Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

The Ivory Coast international agreed to join the Reds on a free transfer from Manchester City in May, with the 32-year-old linking up with his new team-mates for pre-season training on Monday.

And Toure, who was speaking at his unveiling at Melwood on Wednesday, acknowledged that it will be a tough challenge replacing a great leader like Carragher, who retired at the end of the season.

“Of course my experience is going to be important. I know Jamie Carragher was a really important player for this football club,” Toure said.

“He’s retired now and Liverpool had to look for somebody who can replace him. I’m the one and it’s a big honour, personally.

“To be chosen to replace Jamie Carragher is unbelievable because he has been a fantastic player for this football club, he was a great leader. What I will try to do is not going to
be easy, but I will do my best.

“Coming to Liverpool was really important. At City in the last two years, I haven’t played a lot of games.

“Being there four years, two were very good and the last two years were much more difficult. But I’m joining one of the best clubs in the Premier League.

“My time at City was great, with the fans and the people at the club. I still have a lot of friends there. It’s a new challenge now, a new team and I just want to give my best for Liverpool.

“I wanted to join Liverpool because of course I want to play more games. The competition is tough, there are some good defenders here, we all need to fight for our place – I’m willing to do that.

“Last season I didn’t play, I was out of the squad. It has been a tough time but this season is going to be a great season for Liverpool. To be part of the team who can bring the club back to the Champions League would be amazing. That’s what I’m looking for.”

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