Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has revealed that he decided to stay at Anfield because he didn’t want to leave “one of the best clubs in the world.”
The Ivorian defender had offers to move elsewhere and get more regular game time after his two year deal expired, but he took up the extra year on offer from the club.
And he says the “decision was really simple” to prolong his stay with the club.
“Honestly, in the end the decision was really simple.” he said.
“There were other offers but I couldn’t leave one of the best clubs in the world.
“For me, to be able to be at Liverpool, playing for this manager and being part of this squad and playing for amazing fans, is massive.
“I really enjoy being here. I feel loved and that’s important. I am so lucky to be at a club like this and I want to help this club to get better.” he added.
Toure went on to say that he really enjoyed the preseason tour of Asia and Australia and that he “felt the love” from the fans present at the friendly fixtures.
“It was amazing on the tour and I really felt the love.” the defender said.
“It’s very humbling when you get support like that. In Adelaide it was very cold but the people were very warm.
“We saw the love for the club all over the world and that shows you how big the club is. Everywhere we go they are behind us.” he continued.
The veteran centre-back, who forged a reputation as a top defender at Arsenal and Manchester City, has recognised the importance of being a senior member of the squad.
“I know I have a role to play in helping the younger players. I have a lot of experience but I’m not here just for that.” he said.
“I want to play football. And I’ll fight and give one hundred percent every single day to show to the manager that I’m able to play. That’s what everyone has to do.
“We have two or three players for every position now. If someone is not fit then we’ve got someone ready to come in and play. You need that competition.” he finished.