Klopp Wants Ivory Coast Toure To Remain In Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Ivory Coast international Kolo Toure to remain at Liverpool, but admits he still has to talk to the defender about his future with the club.

Toure, 35, will be out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to discuss a new deal with the club.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City centre back has been a regular since Klopp's arrival at Anfiled - playing 90 minutes in the clubs 2-2 draw against Newcastle United this past weekend.

"Kolo is a very, very important player for us, even when he doesn't play," said Klopp.

"He's one of the most impressive people I have met, but now is not the right time to speak about Kolo's future.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss continued:"When I came here Kolo had a few problems injury wise but now it looks completely different and that's good.

"How I have heard things is that a big part of Kolo's future is at Liverpool. So I'd say everything is okay."

The Reds travel to Spain for their first leg Europa League semifinal clash against Villarreal this Thursday. Toure played for Arsenal in a goalless draw against the 'Yellow Submarine' in the UEFA Champions League semifinals 10 years ago.

The defender scored the winner at Highbury in the first-leg and is looking forward to a return to the El Madrigal.

“Of course I will be ready," Toure told the Mirror. "After the game against Newcastle I am ready mentally. I think I did good things. I will need to recover, but I will be ready for it.

“Skrtel is there as well, Lucas can play at the back as well. Of course you know it is up to the manager. For me the most important is the club, the team.

“It is going to be a big two days for the team and for the club. You need to do your best for the club. If they call me up of course I will be really happy.”

The second-leg is set for Anfield on the 5th of May. 
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