18 Jul 2016

Deal Almost Done: Powerhouse international flies in for Liverpool medical. Set to sign this week

Liverpool are reportedly very close to signing Augsburg central defender Ragnar Klavan, and new reports today claim that the deal will be completed on Tuesday.

On Sunday, the BBC claimed:

"Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Ragnar Klavan".

According to the Liverpool Echo:

"Ragnar Klavan is due to undergo a medical on Tuesday...to finalise his switch to Anfield".

As noted in a previous article, there's no point to this transfer if the idea is to waste Klavan as a temporary Toure-esque stop-gap.

However, if Klopp genuinely gives Klavan a chance to become a regular for the club (i.e. he keeps him in the team if he plays well), then the Estonian could potentially be astute signing:

* Experience: 108 caps for Estonia.

* Leadership: Captain of the Estonia national team.

* Ability: Three-time winner of the nation's 'Player of the Year' award.

* Robust: Missed just 8 games through injury since 2009.

Both Lovren and Sakho are (IMO) replaceable, and Klavan should be placed on a level playing field, and if he exceeds either of them defensively, then keep him in the team.

I just hope it's not another Steven Caulker situation, where Klopp had no intention of giving him a fair run at the first team. Klavan is too experienced and (by all accounts) too good to be treated in such a manner.


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