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Did Liverpool make a mistake letting Ragnar Klavan go in the summer?

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Did Liverpool make a mistake letting Ragnar Klavan go in the summer?

The Estonian was allowed to leave Liverpool in the summer.

Liverpool currently find themselves in something of a defensive injury crisis. With the likes of Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip all out injured, Liverpool had to hand 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever a debut in the FA Cup this week. Fabinho slotted into centre-back in that game and looks like a capable option in the heart of defence.

However, Liverpool will now be wondering if they should have kept Ragnar Klavan on board.

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Ragnar Klavan of Liverpool during the Pre-Season Friendly between Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool at Ewood Park on July 19, 2018 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

The Estonian never really won over the Liverpool fans. Limited in his ability, he was, however, a dedicated professional with plenty of experience.

As Klavan explained to Goal in November, he never truly wanted to leave Liverpool until his current side Cagliari came along.


“I honestly did not intend to leave Liverpool.

“I had received several offers from other European clubs, but it was not my intention to change clubs.

 

“But then Cagliari’s offer came and I had little doubt. I could measure myself in an important league like Serie A, which is a bit like the University of tactics.”

– Ragnar Klavan on Liverpool exit


He joined the Italian side for a reported £2 million. The 33-year-old soon established himself in the Serie A side’s starting XI.

Right now, he would no doubt be a much-utilised player for Liverpool and, for some, a better left-back back-up option than Alberto Moreno.


“No player would leave the club if we would not allow it. If, if he leaves, then I said yes to it. That’s how it is.”

– Jurgen Klopp on Ragnar Klavan exit


However, hindsight is a wonderful thing. At the start of the season, Klopp would have looked at his centre-back options and rightly decided one could go. Klavan was that man.

The Estonian has also had his own injury trouble this season, with some enforced absence due to Achilles trouble.

So whilst a fit and ready Klavan would be great to have on board right now, Liverpool will still feel the right decision was to let him leave in the summer.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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