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Liverpool sign Toure from Manchester City, Kolo Toure that is…

May 28, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

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So with Liverpool pouncing to snap up Manchester City defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer, a direct replacement for Kop legend Jamie Carragher has been found.

Or something like that.

The Anfield club announced the deal on their website today, with Toure set to sign for Liverpool when his contract with City expires on July 1.

But what do we all think about this one?

Financially it seems like a good deal. You get a player who excelled whilst at Arsenal and then got a big money move to Manchester City.

Toure played over 100 times for City but after being banned for failing a drugs test, his career at the Etihad never quite got going again. He will be hoping he can regain form and fitness at Liverpool.

The 32-year-old defender will become the first Ivorian to play for the Reds and will add plenty of steel and depth to their defense. But is this the type of signing Liverpool fans would want to see? Probably not.

Yes, Toure has won three FA Cups and two EPL titles. But last season he made just 15 appearances and just 14 the season before that. He was on the fringes at City and several niggling injuries pushed him way down the pecking order.

(More: Toure could be a cheeky buy for Liverpool)

However, despite all that Toure’s versatility will help out Liverpool as he can operate across the back line and even in midfield if necessary. The Ivory Coast star is also comfortable on the ball which will help with Brendan Rodgers’ passing mentality at Anfield, but can Toure keep Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger out of the team?

The answer is no. I think Toure is, and should be, a great backup option for Liverpool. That said, if one of the aforementioned duo has a shaky game, Toure could step in and keep his place in the squad.

Liverpool fans should expect plenty of bigger names to arrive this summer, as Rodgers aims for the top four next season. Adding Toure is a bit of a strange one, but with no transfer fee and heaps of experience, if he can stay fit Toure will give Liverpool two or three seasons of great service.

Shrewd move or scrambling for a bargain gone wrong? You decide.

  1. billobrienschindimple - May 28, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    I tend to see the world through Kop colored glasses, but think this is a shrewd bit of business. I see him being signed mostly for his experience and VOCAL leadership in the back. After and Skrtel are both better skilled IMO, and younger, but neither is an organizer. That alone is the reason Carra was such a critical part of the back 4 from January on.

    I’m pretty sure that the Reds have a bigger name in mind as well (Papadopoulos) that fits with their intent to buy young. The fact that this is on a free just seals the deal on it being a very shrewd piece of business.

  2. dfstell - May 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    It’s kinda sad to see that this is where Liverpool is as a club: signing 32 year old, back-up centerbacks from a Top 4 club….who were allowed to leave on a free transfer. That’s the kind of signing that we expect to see from mid-table clubs like West Ham or Stoke or Fulham……but not from a storied club like Liverpool.

    I’m a United fan, so on one hand, I kind grin at news like this……but the world is more fun when Liverpool is better.

    • mox19380 - May 29, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      I hate that I agree with you. As a Reds fan this seems like an only ok move but honestly not a move that a club looking to push toward the top4 would make. I guess we just hope it’s a precursor to some much bigger splashes but this signing gives me little hope aside from having an experienced (euphemism for older) defender who can eat up some minutes when the big dawgs need a break

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