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Worrying news for Liverpool’s Ragnar Klavan

It has today emerged that Liverpool’s Ragnar Klavan has been left out of the Estonia squad for their clashes with Lithuania, Latvia and Morocco while he recovers from a “long-term health problem.”

Future at Liverpool

Klavan joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 from German side FC Augsburg for a fee in the region of £4.5 million.

Since arriving at Anfield Klavan hasn’t exactly set the world on fire for Liverpool.

The Estonian is a decent defender. However, if Liverpool wishes to challenge for the title next season, Klavan is not really someone they should have as a starting centre back.

Granted, Klavan did make 28 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool last season. But a large part of that is because Joel Matip spent some of the season out injured.

Also, Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk for £75 million in January and if van Dijk had been at Liverpool all season, Klavan would have probably played far fewer games.

So, with Matip likely to be fit for the start of next season, van Dijk at Liverpool from the start of the season and also Dejan Lovren probably ahead of Klavan in the centre back pecking order, it is hard to see Klavan getting much game time at Anfield next season.

Therefore, we could well see Klavan leave Anfield this summer in order to get some regular first-team football.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Virgil van Dijk after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on February 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Fabinho

While Klavan could well leave Anfield this summer, the Reds have made their first signing of the 2018 summer transfer window.

Liverpool had to pay around £43 million for Fabinho, as well as fend off a late bid from Arsenal.

Fabinho is a superb holding midfielder. The Brazilian is a great passer, he is calm on the ball, has great stamina, able to put in a great tackle and he can also get forward when necessary.

All of these qualities make him the perfect player to slip into Liverpool’s three-man midfield.

Especially when, in the past, Liverpool’s midfield has been accused of not having enough defensive cover.

But now Liverpool have bagged Fabinho, their midfield will be a real force to be reckoned with next season.

 

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