24 May 2016

You're Out: After Sevilla fiasco, Klopp to dump 'brilliant' £65k-a-week Liverpool powerhouse

Last week, Liverpool defender Kolo Toure once again reiterated his desire to stay at Anfield, but whilst he remains popular amongst the fanbase, it appears that Jurgen Klopp is not interested in extending the Ivorian's contract.

After the Europa League final defeat in Basel, Toure - hailed by John Aldridge as a 'brilliant' defender - 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".

On Monday, the Daily Mail claimed:

"Liverpool are not expected to hand Kolo Toure a new contract. Toure [wants] to sign an extension and remain at the club but Sportsmail understands that scenario is very unlikely".

This appears to conflict with Jurgen Klopp's comments on the subject. In April, Liverpool's manager insisted:

"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 a solid, dependable, no-nonsense centre-back, and Liverpool fans still have great faith in the Ivorian to do a job for the team. Indeed, a recent site poll shows emphatic support for keeping Toure at the club:

Unfortunately for Toure, Liverpool's pitiful 8th place finish in the league has probably hammered the final nail into his Anfield coffin. With no European football next season, there's no need for four senior international centre-backs, and with the reduced fixture list, Toure will struggle for game time.

Toure's experience, and winning mentality will be the biggest loss. If/when he leaves, it'll leave James Milner as the only member of the first-team squad with any experience of winning the Premier League title, and it's doubtful that Klopp will be able to bring in anyone with similar experience level.

Author: Jaimie K


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