LFC Advent Calendar 4 : Kolo Touré
Touré signed for Liverpool on in the Summer transfer window of 2013. He left his former club, Manchester City after his contract expired. This led to Liverpool signing the Ivorian on a free transfer, becoming one of the “bargains” of the window.
Touré played at Liverpool for 3 years, leaving in 2016. In his time on Merseyside, he played for the club 71 times, and he only scored once – a header against Aston Villa. He started in the Europa League final as we failed to hold Sevilla back, and he won no silverware in his time at the club. He’s now handed down his number four shirt down to another great centre-back in Virgil van Dijk.
In his time away from Liverpool, at other clubs, he was in the ‘Invincibles’ side at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, and he also won the league with Manchester City. After Liverpool, he joined Rodgers again at Celtic where he won a league and cup double.
In 2015, he won the Africa Cup of Nations with his country, Ivory Coast.
Kolo has retired now and has taken up coaching roles rather than going down the media route. He has continued to work with Rodgers at Celtic taking up a role as a technical assistant. When not working at Celtic, he’s the assistant manager of his national side.
He may have not been the greatest Liverpool signing in recent years and he was never going to be first team starter every game, but when he was called up on, he did a decent job.
I think I speak for most football fans when I say he was just a likeable guy, one of the nicest in the game.