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Reds bolster weakened defence with City's Toure

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers has begun his summer restrengthening by signing Manchester City's Kolo Toure to add much-needed experience to his defence.

The retirement of Jamie Carragher at the end of the season after 737 matches left a huge void to be filled and, while the Ivory Coast international may only be a stop-gap, he fulfils a need for the Reds boss.

With the futures of Martin Skrtel, who lost his place to Carragher in the second half of the campaign, and Sebastian Coates open to question, further additions are required in the back four.

Top of Rodgers' list appears to be Schalke's 21-year-old centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos with Sporting Lisbon's Tiago Ilori also on the list.

However, Toure - who will join Liverpool on July 1 once his contract expires at the Etihad Stadium - will provide important back-up and Rodgers will hope he can ease the transition to a post-Carragher era.

The 32-year-old's vast wealth of Premier League experience, having joined Arsenal in 2002 before moving to City, may prove invaluable.


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