5 things you may not know about new Liverpool signing Ragnar Klavan
There have been major changes in Liverpool’s defence since the end of the 2015/16 season. Kolo Toure has been released and Martin Skrtel sold to Fenerbahce. Promising youngster Joe Gomez and Mamadou Sakho are both injured, and may not be available for the initial fixtures of the upcoming season. Klopp has already brought in centre-back Joel Matip from Schalke on a free transfer, but it’s clear that the squad could use some more depth in this position.
Enter Ragnar Klavan. Jurgen Klopp has signed the 6ft 1in centre back to alleviate some of the issues faced by the squad. At 30 years old, he is certainly not a signing for the future, but his experience will be beneficial to the club as well as the players around him. Klopp is well aware of Klavan’s abilities from his time spent in Germany.
#1 Football runs in his blood
Ragnar’s father Dzintar Klavan was also a professional footballer himself. As a midfielder, he earned 19 caps for the Estonian national team. He also played for JK Viljandi Tulevik - the same club his son would go on to later play for at the age of 16.
Ragnar made his first team debut for FC Elva at 15 years old. They are a club that competes in the Esiliiga B - the third tier of Estonian football. He played there for a year before following his dad’s footsteps and going to Tulevik. After two years there, he proceeded to play for Valerenga (on loan), Heracles Almelo and AZ Alkmaar (on loan) before signing with FC Augsburg.
He was also voted Estonian player of the year three times. His fellow countrymen obviously realise how important he is to his teams, both club and country.