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Touré Unsure of Future When Contract Finishes at End of Season

Kolo Touré could leave on a free transfer at the end of the season if Liverpool do not offer a contract extension, and the defender is unsure whether or not that's likely.

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Liverpool's injury crisis has reached a tragicomic point, with the absence of any fit senior players at centre back topping the list of problems. The club has been tied with any number of replacements, both as outright purchases and temporary loan deals, but Liverpool may need to begin considering their defensive depth beyond this season with Kolo Touré's future  in question.

"If I can play like that then maybe I will go to Real Madrid," the Ivorian joked about his contract being end up at the end of the season. "I don't know what I'll do at the end of this season, but I'd like to stay in the Premier League. My kids are here and it is difficult to move. I am loving every day but God knows where I will be in a year's time. But I hope it's playing football because I love it."

Touré hasn't seen much action this season, and that's not likely to increase dramatically with a move elsewhere in the Premier League once he turns thirty-five in March. Family might be prioritized higher than playing time, though, and in his time on Merseyside Touré hasn't ever been one to complain about his time spent on the bench.

The midst of an injury crisis isn't necessarily the best time for anyone except Touré to be worrying about a contract extension. Jürgen Klopp will want to wait until the dust settles on his centre back situation before deciding if Touré is surplus to requirements, and it will be at least a few weeks if not months before Liverpool's long term depth at the position becomes a bit more solid.

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