Kolo Toure Linked With Liverpool Exit – Why Brendan Rodgers Could Be About To Let The Defender Leave

Moving from Manchester City to Liverpool in one of the more unusual transfers of last summer, Kolo Toure could be set to leave Anfield after just 12 months.  According to the Daily Mail, Trabzonspor are interested in taking the defender, who has a year left on his contract, to Turkey.

Toure’s switch to Liverpool was announced in May 2013, with the deal able to be done so early and prior to transfer window opening due to the Ivorian having seen out his contract at City.  Although once considered among the top defenders in the country, the player the Reds were getting was one who had featured in less than half of the Premier League games of the previous two seasons.

A debut campaign at Anfield in which Toure featured 20 times may have been slightly better, but he was still often fourth choice centre-back behind Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Agger.  With that said, the former City defender had a similar appearance tally to the latter two men come the season’s end, as each of the three had opportunities to partner virtual ever-present Skrtel.

Now 33 years of age and not the player he once was, Toure’s days of dominating Premier League centre-forwards seem a very long time ago. Unlikely to have a prominent role for Liverpool in the future, it may be best for him and his club that he moves on.

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