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Villa legend McGrath: Liverpool defender Toure just like me

Former Manchester United and Aston Villa defender Paul McGrath is a big fan of Liverpool's Kolo Toure.

McGrath wrote in the Sunday World: "He's 32 now, but seems to be making a more than decent fist of playing for a third big club in the Premier League. If he keeps going like this, getting Toure will be seen as one of the signings of the summer for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

"I managed to add more than a few seasons to the end of my time as a footballer because Aston Villa were very good to me. They even changed their defensive system to accommodate me, using three centre-halves and two wing-backs rather than the standard flat back four of the time.

"From my place as last man, I could see trouble coming and move across to be in the right place to avert the danger, without putting too much pressure on those famous knees of mine. Players came and went from Villa back then, Gareth Southgate, Earl Barrett, Ugo Ehiogu, they were all coming to replace me and they ended up being moved to full-back or playing alongside me.

"I have to admit the then-Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor was great for me, he stood by me no matter what. When I did play badly, I so wanted to repay his faith that the next day out I was just determined not to make any mistake."

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