Kolo Toure has been released by Liverpool following the expiry of his contract, sources have told ESPN FC.

Toure’s release ends his three-year spell at Anfield following his arrival from Manchester City on a free transfer in the summer of 2013.

The former Ivory Coast international provided back-up for Jurgen Klopp’s team last season, getting a regular run in the side after the suspension of Mamadou Sakho towards the end of the campaign.

Toure, 35, started for Liverpool in the Europa League final defeat to Sevilla and made 25 appearances in all last term. He was brought to Liverpool by former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to add some experience to the squad and in total made 71 appearances for the club.

There was a point in the last month when there was a chance Toure could earn a new short-term deal with the future of Sakho unclear after an anti-doping violation.

However, the France international’s initial 30-day suspension has not been extended as UEFA investigate whether the fat burning substance found in his sample should even be on their banned list.

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