After having joined Liverpool FC from German club Augsburg in 2016 for a fee of £4.2m, Estonian captain Ragnar Klavan has decided to depart from Merseyside, after having spent two seasons with The Reds.
Klavan, who initially signed for Liverpool FC in 2016, was a part of the club’s journey to the final of the UEFA Champions League last season. However, after his two-year spell, which included a total of 53 appearances and two goals for Liverpool as well, Klavan has now decided to join Italian Serie A club Cagliari FC.
In his debut season for Liverpool, Klavan played a total of 25 games, scoring one goal for Jurgen Klopp’s men as well, when he netted in a League Cup tie against Derby County.
However, Klavan, slowly and steadily, eventually lost his place in Liverpool FC’s starting XI when manager Jurgen Klopp instead preferred the likes of Dejan Lovren, Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez over the Estonian.
But, Klavan’s departure from Anfield will definitely have a few drawbacks to it as well, as The Reds might just struggle a bit in order to find a proper center back pairing for their first few games of the season.
Despite a solid start to the first match by the brand new central back pairing of Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, German manager Jurgen Klopp could’ve surely used a rather more experienced campaigner such as Ragnar Klavan, who is more than able to provide a proper back-up to a much more inexperienced Joe Gomez.
With both Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren currently sidelined with respective injuries, Liverpool could’ve definitely used a helping hand from Klavan at the crucial opening stage of the season. And despite the presence of youngsters such as Nathanial Phillips and Conor Randall in the squad, it is Klavan’s massive experience as a defender that could’ve played a very crucial role for The Reds this season.
Nonetheless, as of right now, there is definitely no doubt in the fact that Cagliari FC have signed an absolute machine who is more than capable of providing proper defensive services for Rolando Maran’s men.
How do you think The Reds will cope up without the services of Ragnar Klavan?
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