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Kolo Toure joins Liverpool

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Manchester City's Kolo Toure after their UEFA Europa League defeat to Sporting Lisbon at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, on March 15, 2012. Toure has joined Liverpool from City on a free transfer, the Merseyside club announced. (AFP/File)

Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure joined Liverpool from English Premier League rivals Manchester City on a free transfer Tuesday, the Merseyside club announced.

The centre-back's deal with City expired on Monday and the 32-year-old, whose move had been planned for some time, completed the formalities when the new transfer window opened.

Liverpool may not have been crowned champions of England for more than 20 years but their tally of five European Cup wins is an English record and they remain one of the country's most famous clubs.

"This means a lot to me. Firstly, I'm joining one of the best clubs in England," Toure told liverpoolfc.com.

"When I left City it was important for me to stay in England because it's the best league -- and to join Liverpool is massive for me.

"I chose Liverpool because of the history and because of the spirit of the team and the people here."