Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler says he believes Brendan Rodgers has made a massive coup in signing Manchester City defender Kolo Toure.
Toure will arrive at Anfield this summer on a free transfer after his contract at City expires and marks a significant replacement of Jamie Carragher, who retired at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
“I’ve played against him numerous times and he is a fantastic player,” Fowler told LFC’s official website.
“I’m sure coming to a new club will spur him on that little bit more and he will want to do well. He will want to play. I think he will try hard in training and a little bit of pride will set in.”
The 32-year-old has also made 103 apppearances for the Ivory Coast, including appearances in two World Cups (2006 and 2010). He captained the side in their opening game of the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
Fowler added, “You look at his performances over the years for Arsenal and Manchester City – he has been magnificent in the Premier League. Let’s hope that he comes to Liverpool and carries on that magnificent form.
“He’s been a fantastic player. His experience will be vital for Liverpool, especially after losing Carra. Carra was unbelievable for Liverpool and, if anything, he was probably Liverpool’s best defender last year. He will be a big miss.
“I don’t know if Kolo Toure will play all of the games, but Liverpool as a team and a squad certainly needed a lot more numbers. Brendan is doing that right now. Toure has been there and worn the T-shirt in the Premier League so I think his signing is absolutely magnificent.”
Toure was confirmed as Liverpool’s first signing of the summer last month, and the Reds look set to add Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas to that, with several other players also linked with Anfield moves.