Kolo Toure
Kolo Toure has made just seven Premier League starts this seasonGetty Images

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure says a desire to play regular first-team football could see him leave Anfield at the end of the campaign.

Toure's two-year deal expires at the end of the 2014-15 season but in an effort to win an extension he has made just seven Premier League starts this term.

Manager Brendan Rodgers's mid-season tactical change, which saw him adopt a back three, led to Toure's opportunities being limited, with the player making just one league start for Liverpool since New Year's Day.

Emre Can, Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel have been preferred in the Liverpool defence to the Ivory Coast international for much of the season and there is little sign of that changing heading into the new campaign, during which Toure will turn 35.

The ex-Arsenal and Manchester City centre-back admits he is considering his options ahead of the new season and concedes he may be forced to join a club who can guarantee him first-team football as he enters the twilight of his career.

"It's been a difficult season for all the team and everyone at the club as we haven't done as well as last season," Toure, who could join Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson in leaving Liverpool on a free in the summer, told the Liverpool Echo.

"For me, there's a decision to be taken. I am looking around and seeing what's best for my family. I'm talking with my wife to see what that decision will be. It's a difficult decision because since I've been here things have been good. I've really enjoyed it, even though it's difficult when you don't play a lot. I'm a competitor and I want to play more.

"Maybe when the season is over it will be easier to be relaxed and think about what's the project and what's the club's plan for you. Things can happen very quickly in football. In two or three days your future can be decided."