19 May 2016

Yes Please: 'Fantastic' £65k-a-week powerhouse confirms he wants to 'play' for Liverpool next season

Kolo Toure rolled back the years on Wednesday to deliver Liverpool's most effective individual performance in the Europa League final, and after maintaining a high standards all season, the Ivorian is surely deserving of a new contract? Toure remains a popular figure amongst the fanbase, but he still appears to be in the dark over his Anfield future.

When asked last night about the possibility of a new contract, Toure told reporters:

“I don’t know [about my future] to be honest. You will have to ask the manager. Of course I want to stay. It’s a great club to play in, but the manager has his plan and any decision I will respect".

Last month, Klopp hailed Toure as 'very important, even when he doesn't play', and on the subject of a new deal, he added:

"A big part of Kolo's future is at Liverpool. He's one of the most impressive people I have met".

Toure - who reportedly earns £65k-a-week - is, quite simply a solid, dependable, no-nonsense centre-back, who gets the job done with the minimum of fuss, and when fully fit, he's a real asset to the team.

That said, the arrival of Joel Matip appears to be another nail in Toure's Anfield coffin, but a recent poll on the site shows that Liverpool fans still have great faith in the Ivorian to do a job for the team:



Liverpool legend John Aldridge is also a fan of Toure, and in a recent column for the Liverpool Echo, he enthused:

"[Toure] is an absolute diamond of a fella, a true gentleman who is loved and respected by everyone. He's a top pro and has been a fantastic player too".

Toure seems to accept his reduced role in the team, so if he's happy to stay as a squad player there's absolutely no risk in keeping him around. In this case, the reward vastly outweighs the risk, so give him a new contract already.

On a related note, perhaps Klopp has a coaching role in mind for Toure?

Author: Jaimie K



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