22 Sept 2016

Top Deal? Klopp admits he's always wanted to sign 'wonderful' £30k-a-week star. Liverpool transfer success?

Like Sadio Mane, summer signing Ragnar Klavan has hit the ground running at Liverpool, and according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, Klavan is a player he's tracked since his time at Borussia Dortmund.

When asked today about Klavan, Klopp revealed that he wanted to sign him for Dortmund, but the opportunity never presented itself. He explained:

“I saw him [Klavan] playing for Augsburg. We didn’t need a defender at Dortmund so I didn’t go for him [but] when I came here, he was very early in my idea. He is a wonderful football player".

Klopp has seemingly hit the jackpot with both of his defensive transfers this summer, and along with Joel Matip, Klavan is brings composure, experience, and much-needed aerial dominance to Liverpool's defensive unit.

Encouragingly, Klavan doesn't appear to be the type of player to make Moreno-esque mistakes that lead directly to goals. Indeed, he hasn't made a single goal-creating mistake in the last five years, which bodes well for the future.

It's early days yet, but Klavan's composure on the ball, and generally solid defensive play are a positive feature of his first three competitive games.

He may not be a Carragher or a Hyypia, but for £4.2m, the risk vs. reward factor is very much in Liverpool's favour.

^ Reportedly on £30k-a-week.


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