Kolo Toure has said he would love to remain part of the Anfield set-up once his contract expires this summer.
According to the Echo, the 34-year-old centre back has been highly impressed with Klopp since the German’s arrival, and he wants to extend he stay with the club.
“I would love to be part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans going forward. That’s why I made the ‘salmon tackle’”, he said in reference to his horizontal tackle against Stoke last week.
“At the age of 34 playing for Liverpool, one of the best clubs in England, it’s amazing”, he continued. “I couldn’t dream that I’d have been here right now and stay for many years. It’s beautiful, it’s fantastic.”
“You play at a higher level, everyone is focused. Everybody wants the best at training and the quality is high. That’s what I’m used to from the first training session, high quality and I enjoy it every time.”
Toure has proved to be a popular figure on the Anfield terraces since his arrival on a free transfer from Manchester City in the summer of 2013. His all-action style and commitment to the cause have won him countless admirers and spawned several memes – and he will be hoping that his powerful influence can persuade Klopp to offer him an extended contract.
Despite his desire to stay, he admitted it was hard to not see more first team action.
“I’m a fighter and a competitor and I want to be playing every week.But when you get to this age and there are young players coming through, and it is normal for a club to want to promote their young players more, then you have to be patient and know that your time will come.”
Toure has seen just three minutes of Premier League action so far this term, but there is surely a case for him starting more often in the second half of the season?
His experience could be vital in shoring up some of our defensive frailties, and there is certainly precedent for older defenders performing well – Carragher earned a reprieve under Rodgers in the second half of his final campaign at the club, and John Terry was (unfortunately) instrumental in Chelsea’s title win last season.
What would you do? Would you offer him a new deal or let me ply his trade elsewhere? Let us know in the comments.