TOURE: LIVERPOOL WILL FIND IT HARD TO WIN THE LEAGUE

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While every other big team in the English Premier League was busy splashing the cash on new signings this summer, Liverpool refused to join the shopping spree and it could have a negative impact on their season, according to their former player Kolo Toure.

KOLO TOURE: LIVERPOOL CAREER EXAMINED

Retired Ivorian national team defender KoloToure signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2013. ThePremier League giants announced that they have reached an agreement to sign KoloToure in May 2013. The centre back signed for the Reds as a free agent after his Manchester City deal expired. Toure, 40, was unveiled as the first signing of the 2013summer transfer window on July 2, 2013 and was given the number 4 shirt. The Ivorian penned a two-year contract when he signed for the Reds.

KoloToure made his debut for Liverpool during the big friendly win over Preston North End as the Reds prepared for the 2013/14 campaign. He made his Premier League debut for the Reds in the home clash with Stoke City. Toure played his first game for Liverpool in the league during the 1-0 home win over the Potters on August 17, 2013.

TOURE: DIALLO IS A GIFT TO THE IVORY COAST

Former Liverpool star Kolo Toure has emptied a big barrel of praise on his compatriot, Manchester United star Amad Diallo. The Red Devils youngster has been a bargain signing for the English Premier League giants even though he has not been given enough time to showcase his talent. United signed the player from Italian Serie A outfit Atalanta last January and although he has not been utilized on the pitch by Olé Gunnar Solksjær as much as he would have, he has always performed well whenever he has been called upon.

ARSENAL TRAINING: HOW PARTEY IMITATED TOURE

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey did his best KoloToure impression after the video of him wildly lunging to a tackle in training surfaced online. In the video posted on the Instagram account of Gunners skipper Pierre-EmerickAubameyang, Partey lunged into a tackle during Arsenal training and wiped out Arsenal coach Sam Wilson in the process.

Wilson is the strengthening and conditioning coach at Arsenal and Partey almost injured him via a tackle during a rondo training drill. The tackle from Partey evoked the memories of KoloToure and his first training session at Arsenal while he was on trial at the club.

TOURE: PEP IS A GENIUS OF A MANAGER

Almost anyone would agree right now that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is a true genius and that he also deserves all the accolades that have been ringing his name all season. The Spanish manager has just taken his City side to their first UEFA Champions League final after knocking out French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain in their two-legged semi-final clash.

He and his City team will now face Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea side in the final after the Blues saw off Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid in the other semi-final fixture. Guardiola, since joining Manchester City in 2016, had never gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the Champions League but he has now breezed past that stage and straight into the final after defeating PSG.

WENGER RECALLS BIZZARE KOLO TOURE TRIAL

Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given details on Kolo Toure and the trial he had with the Gunners before the Ivorian was signed. Wenger talked about the defender and his bizarre Arsenal trial in an interview with 11freunde.

The former Gunners tactician revealed how he was the recipient of a two-footed challenge from the enthusiasticToure. The ex-Ivorian national team defender had deliveredtwo-footed challenges on key Arsenal players like Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp in his first day at the Gunners training ground before his manager became a victim.

Kolo Toure left some big Arsenal players with the risk of a possible injury as a result of his poor challenge at a time when the Gunners were going for the Premier League title.

KOLO AND YAYA TOURE: JOURNEY OF TWO BROTHERS

The Toure brothers Kolo and Yaya may have ended up playing for different teams in their footballing careers, but nevertheless, they were equally great for their respective sides and are heavily regarded as two successful brothers in the game. Kolo played for Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool in his Premier League Career while his brother Yaya played the majority of his career at Manchester City after leaving Barcelona earlier in his career.

Back in March 2020, Kolo mentioned that while Yaya was more talented than him, he was the more competitive one and had more strength in the pitch. He said Yaya was also very strong but not as strong as he was.

Arsenal legend says Nicolas Pepe looks out of his depth

Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Nicolas Pepe looks out of his depth since his club-record move to the north London side. The Ivory Coast international joined the Gunners from Lille last year for a club-record fee of more than £70m, but he has failed to meet the expectations with inconsistent performances.
While there are no doubts over his quality, he has not been able to make the impact in the Premier League and most of his standout performances have come in Europe. Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson said that Pepe has yet to convince him and he must start performing against better teams than Molde to change his opinion.


He told: “Nicolas Pepe looks out of his depth and he’s going to have to do it against much better teams than Molde to change my opinion. He let his frustration get the better of him against Leeds and did something silly with the headbutt, because things haven’t been going well for him at Arsenal for months. He came in for £70-odd million. If they’d bought him for £20m nobody would be moaning. But the fee brings pressure, and he’s not been able to handle it.”

TOURE, SAKHO IN BIZARRE REUNION

Former Liverpool teammates Kolo Toure and MamadouSakho were recently involved in a bizarre reunion in the Premier League. Retired Ivorian international KoloToure is a first team coach at Leicester City these days, while Frenchman MamadouSakho is a player of South London club Crystal Palace. KoloToure and MamadouSakho met during the Premier League clash between hosts Crystal Palace and Leicester City at Selhurst Park some days back. They reunited in a bizarre manner.


One would have expectedMamadouSakho and KoloToure to greet themselves in the usual way, which a pandemic friendly elbow bump but Crystal Palace centre back MamadouSakho had other ideas. He ran up behind KoloToure before wrestling him to the group as he surprised his former teammates at Liverpool.MamadouSakhodisrupted the Leicester City training with his antics. Before he arrived on the scene, the Foxes squad were in a keepy-uppy circle and the players were trying to make KoloToure the fall guy with some difficult passes.

I'M MORE COMPETITIVE THAN YAYA TOURE

Arsenal legend KoloToure has said that he's more competitive than Yaya Toure, his junior brother. He made this statement during an interview with the BBC earlier this year. KoloToure and Yaya Touremade their mark on Premier League football before they called time on their respective careers. KoloToure was part of the historic Arsenal squad that went a whole season without a single defeat.KoloToure sealed his legendary status with the Gunners during that invincible league campaign during the 2003/04 season after he partnered Sol Campbell at the heart of the defence for the majority of the season.


KoloToure left Arsenal to join Manchester City in July 2009 in a £14m deal and was joined by his brother, Yaya Toure one year later. Yaya Touremoved to Manchester City in the summer of 2010 after he was deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp. The transfer to the Etihad Stadium was a blessing in disguise for Yaya Toure who took his game to a whole new level as a box-to-box midfielder at Manchester City. KoloToure and Yaya Toure were both in the Manchester City squad that ended the club's wait for a league title.

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