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Ragnar Klavan
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Personal information
Date of Birth

30 October 1985

Place of Birth

Viljandi, Estonia

Height

1.87 m (6'1 1/2")

Position

Defender

Liverpool statistics
Squad no.

17

Years

2016-

Appearances

53

Goals

2

Ragnar Klavan (born 30 October 1985) is an Estonian international footballer who plays as a centre-back for Liverpool.

Liverpool careerEdit

The 2015-16 season was another poor season defensively, with 50 league goals being conceded for the third season in a row. This, partnered with the departures of Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel, as well as injuries to Joe Gomez and Mamadou Sakho forced Jurgen Klopp to invest in his defence.

Joel Matip was brought in on a free transfer but Liverpool still lacked an experienced head at the back. Klavan had faced Liverpool twice in Europe for Augsburg in February, which showed Klopp his qualities, and on 17 July 2016 reports came out that a deal was underway to bring the Estonian to Anfield.

On 20 July 2016, it was confirmed that Klavan had signed for a reported fee of around £4,200,000. The centre-back took the number 17 shirt, which had been recently vacated by Mamadou Sakho.

The Estonian made his first team debut in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Chelsea, but was widely praised for his performance. On 14 August 2016 Klavan made his competitive debut, starting in a 4-3 win at Arsenal. He was widely appraised for his solid performance. The next game however, Klavan recklessly committed to a challenge and was beaten, allowing Burnley to attack and score their second goal in a 2-0 defeat for Liverpool.

On 20 September 2016, Klavan started and scored his first Liverpool goal, a close range finish after a deflected corner to open the scoring in a 3-0 win at Derby. Due to injuries to Joel Matip, Klavan became a regular feature in the starting XI during December, and put in commanding displays in 1-0 wins over Everton and Manchester City.

With injury problems for Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren throughout the season, Klavan often filled in, and became a reliable third-choice defender for the club.

On 1 January 2018, Klavan scored a 94th minute winner away to Burnley, diving in at the back post to meet Dejan Lovren’s header. This made him the first Estonian to score a Premier League goal.

StatsEdit

Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
2016-17 20 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 25 1
2017-18 19 1 0 0 1 0 8 0 0 0 28 1
Total 39 1 1 0 5 1 8 0 0 0 53 2


Liverpool F.C. – current squad
1. Karius • 2. Clyne • 4. van Dijk • 5. Wijnaldum • 6. Lovren • 7. Milner • 8. Keita • 9. Firmino • 10. Mane • 11. Salah
12. Gomez • 14. Henderson (c) • 15. Sturridge • 16. Grujic • 17. Klavan • 18. Moreno • 20. Lallana • 21. Chamberlain
22. Mignolet • 23. Shaqiri • 26. Robertson • 27. Origi • 28. Ings • 29. Solanke • 32. Matip • 34. Bogdan • 40. Kent
47. Phillips • 48. Jones • 50. Markovic • 53. Ejaria • 54. Ojo • 56. Randall • 57. Brewster • 58. Woodburn
59. Wilson • 63. Masterson • 64. Camacho • 66. Alexander-Arnold • 68. Chirivella • 73. Grabara
GK Alisson • MF Allan • MF Fabinho • FW Awoniyi

Manager: Klopp