Kolo Toure set to be released by Liverpool

first_img1 Kolo Toure is set to leave Liverpool Veteran defender Kolo Toure is set to be released by Liverpool.The official confirmation of the centre-back’s exit is expected later on Friday when the club’s list of retained players is published.While the 35-year-old’s departure will not come as a massive surprise, many fans were hoping he would sign an extension following his performance against Sevilla in the Europa League final.The Reds lost that game 3-1, but Toure was the Merseysiders’ best player by far on the night with a number of spirited challenges and crucial last-ditch tackles.Despite that display, and the fact he finished the season as Liverpool’s first-choice centre-back alongside Dejan Lovren, it is understood he will not be offered a new contract.There was a point over the last month when there was a chance Toure could earn a new short-term deal with the future of Mamadou Sakho unclear after his failed drugs test.However, the France international’s initial 30-day suspension has not been extended as UEFA investigate whether the fat burning substance found in his sample should even be on their banned list.Meanwhile, Joel Matip is arriving from Schalke on a free transfer and the 19-year-old Joe Gomez is also set to return from injury, so the decision has been made to let Toure go, even though Martin Skrtel is set to follow him out of the door with Besiktas interested in signing the Slovakia defender.Liverpool had considered offering Toure a coaching role but the defender is keen to extend his playing career as long as possible and could now get a lucrative deal as a free agent.Other players on the released list will include Jose Enrique, Jerome Sinclair and Jordan Rossiter – all of whom have already left Anfield.The 23-year-old Portuguese Joao Carlos Teixeira is understood to have been offered a new contract but has expressed his desire to leave.Of the players who are still in contract Liverpool have had preliminary discussions with Germany midfielder Emre Can about extending his deal, which still has two years to run.last_img

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