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Ivory Coast international Kolo Toure has announced his retirement from international football just after winning the Africa Cup of Nations. The Ivory Coast national team finally managed to put a monkey off their back after lifting the trophy.
For almost a decade, Ivory Coast have been favourites to win the trophy due to a star studded squad that included the likes of Didier Drogba and Yaya Touré. Kolo Toure was also an important part of the team and he is one of the few African players who has lifted league titles. The Liverpool defender used this experience to see off Equatorial Guinea in a penalty shootout in the final.
The 33-year-old had been stating before the Africa Cup of Nations began for the 2015 edition that he would retire after this tournament. It turned out to be the perfect send-off for the former Manchester City and Arsenal defender, as Ivory Coast finally lifted this trophy to end a two decade wait. Even though he may have found first-team opportunities limited at Liverpool this season, Ivory Coast used him in all of the six matches in this tournament. The experience brought on by the defender, who has played in three world cups, was very crucial indeed. Read more »
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Out of the 16 initial Premier League matches that Liverpool has played so far, Adam Lallana was featured in 9 of those games. The player has been affected with an injury on his knee since making his move from Southampton to Liverpool with a transfer that was completed some months ago.
Even though Adam Lallana has not been such a consistent player in comparison to some of his other teammates, KoloToure believes that Lallana has been the best player of Liverpool so far in this season.
KoloToure defended his decision in calling out Lallana to be the best performer for the Premier League club as the Ivorian defender said that with the few minutes on the pitch that Lallana has had, he has really been working hard and demonstrating what he is capable to do.
“We are very happy with everyone’s performance. But, for me,Adam Lallana has been the best player in this Liverpool team this year. Definitely.”
“Since he came here, he hasn’t had a lot of chances to play but he’s shown great character and worked hard in training. He is a great boy; works hard, is very quick and technically is very, very good.”KoloToure told reporters
Besides Adam Lallana, there also were a number of other players that Brendan Rodgers signed to Liverpool including: Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic.
KoloToure stated that he is proud of what Markovic has done and even though the Serbian winger has made fewer appearances than Lallana, Toure still praised Markovic and gave positive feedback towards him.
Mario Balotelli still continues to struggle as he fails to score when Liverpool needs him to and rumors have even started to spread claiming that the Italian forward could be sold soon due to his ineffectiveness.
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