Kolo Toure, Ivory Coast and FC Liverpool
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Ivorian Kolo Toure has joined FC Liverpool from Manchester City to fill the hole left by Jamie Carragher in time for the 2013-14 campaign.
"Losing someone like Jamie Carragher was going to leave a massive hole for us in terms of his experience," said Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
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Thirty-two year old Toure is the latest and oldest Liverpool recruit since manager Brendan Rodgers took over from Kenny Dalglish at Anfield last summer.
"I saw him play a lot of games last year," Rodgers reported on Liverpoolfc.com. "I saw him play at Aston Villa and in a lot of other games and I thought he was Manchester City's best player."
In his successful career, Toure has won three FA Cup's and two league titles to date.
"Kolo's experience is going to be really important for us - but not just that. He's someone with a winning mentality," Rodgers continued. "There weren't too many available who were better than Kolo Toure. He's played with big clubs, he understands what a winning mentality is about.
"He's a good man as well - he knows what the culture is like at a big club."
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Liverpool will host Olympiakos at home at Anfield Road for the Steven Gerrard Testimonial match.
Durning his highly successful career, Liverpool superstar, Steven Gerrard, scored a stunning goal against Olympiakos - a late strike in the 2004-2005 Champions League campaign which put Liverpool through as the competition winners in Istanbul. Gerrard will have the opportunity to repeat his glorious performance against the Greek side this summer in his testimonial.
The Liverpool legend will be feted by a testimonial on August 3, the only pre-season game that will be played at home at Anfield.
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