Kolo Toure has officially become a Liverpool player and revealed that reason he chose the move was because he wants to continue to challenge with one of England's best clubs.
Toure came to an agreement with Brendan Rodgers early on in the summer transfer window to complete a free transfer from Manchester City, and as the Reds squad return to training the 32 year old has donned a red shirt for the first time.
Toure insists that he is ready to be a part of Rodgers' plans for future success, saying that Liverpool are still one of the best clubs in England for a player to join.
"This means a lot to me," he told the Liverpool website. "Firstly, I'm joining one of the best clubs in England.
"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."
Liverpool have since signed Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto as Rodgers looks to add more depth to the squad who are hoping to challenge for a Champions League spot once more.
Toure goes against the manager's tactics of signing young players but his experience will be invaluable to a side who want to find both long and short team success.
The former City man struggled for game time last season featuring for the side just 18 times but he is now looking for a second chance at Liverpool to show he still has what it takes to compete at a top English club.
And after Jamie Carragher retired at the end of last season, Toure's leadership qualities will be equally vital to the squad, as Rodgers looks to further bolster his defensive line-up to cope without the Reds legend.