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Kolo Toure

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Kolo Toure Player Profile
Defender >>  Liverpool 1st Team Squad

 Real name  Kolo Habib Toure  Place of birth  Bouake, Ivory Coast
 Age  34 (Born 19 Mar, 1981)  Nationality  Ivory Coast
 Height  6ft 0 in (1.83m)  Date Signed  1st July 2013
 Weight  11st 6lb (72.56kg)  Fee  Free Transfer

Appearance and Goal Summary
League
League
FA Cup
FA Cup
L/Cup
L/Cup
 Other
Other
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
Apps
Goals
31  (15)
1
2  (3)
0
8  (1)
0
11 (0)
 0

Appearances
Season
 League
 FA Cup
 L Cup
 Europe
 Other
 Total
2013-2014
20
2
2
0
0
24
2014-2015
12
3
3
3
0
21
2015-2016
14
0
4
8
0
26
Total Games
46
5
9
11
0
71

Goals
Season
 League
 FA Cup
 L Cup
 Europe
 Other
 Total
2013-2014
0
0
0
0
0
0
2014-2015
0
0
0
0
0
0
2015-2016
1
0
0
0
0
1
Total Goals
1
0
0
0
0
1

Discipline
Season
 
 
 
2013-2014
2
0
0
2014-2015
0
0
0
2015-2016
1
0
0
Total Cards
3
0
0

Kolo Toure Bio

Highly experienced defender Kolo Toure became Liverpool's fourth signing of the 2013 summer transfer window when he completed a free transfer from Manchester City.

The Ivorian began his career with native club ASEC Mimosas before Arsene Wenger's scouts discovered the versatile player in Africa and engineered a move to English football with Arsenal.

Liverpool were the opponents when Toure - then considered a midfielder capable of breaking forward - made his first Arsenal appearance as a late substitute in the 2002 FA Community Shield victory over the Reds.

Capable of playing at centre-back and right-back, the powerful international was used as utility player with the Gunners during the 2002-03 campaign and watched from the bench when the Londoners lifted the FA Cup at the end of that season.

But 2003-04 proved to be the most remarkable period of Toure's professional career; established at the heart of Arsenal's defence alongside Sol Campbell, he started 36 of the club's 38 Barclays Premier League fixtures as Wenger's 'Invincibles' completed the season without defeat.

When the Gunners returned to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in 2005 for another FA Cup showpiece, Kolo was this time included in the starting XI and played the full 120 minutes as Arsenal eventually triumphed over Manchester United on penalties.

The defender, who is comfortable in bringing the ball out of defence and distributing to teammates, was then an integral factor in Arsenal's journey to the 2006 Champions League final; Toure scored the crucial winning goal in the semi-final, although disappointment followed in losing to Barcelona.

It was the second time Toure had fallen at the ultimate hurdle that year - alongside brother Yaya the Ivory Coast international helped his country reach the Africa Cup of Nations final in February. Kolo converted his penalty in the shootout against Egypt but the Ivorians were defeated.

Toure made two appearances at the World Cup in the summer of 2006 but his nation were eliminated at the group stage; they suffered the same fate four years later in South Africa, when he featured in three fixtures.

He continued as a key first-team member at Arsenal until 2009 - clocking up 225 league games in the process - before ambitious Manchester City came knocking. A big-money move was sealed in July that year.

Kolo quickly settled into the first team at the Etihad Stadium and began the side's successful 2010-11 FA Cup quest; he missed the victorious final against Stoke, however, after being banned from football for six months following a failed drugs test.

With increased competition for places upon his return to competitive action, Toure was limited to 14 appearances - six as a substitute - when the Manchester club were dramatically crowned champions of England in 2012.

Success on the international stage continued to elude him, though; Ivory Coast were again denied Africa Cup of Nations glory in 2012 after losing another final shoot-out, this time against Zambia.

A total of 15 more top-flight matches followed for Kolo last season but the Ivorian revealed his intention not to sign a fresh contract extension before his deal with City ended in the summer.

That decision allowed Brendan Rodgers - searching for defensive experience after the retirement of Jamie Carragher - to swoop for the centre-back, who put pen to paper for the Reds on July 2, 2013.