By Alex Taylor
Incoming Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan has revealed that Manchester United legend David Beckham was his hero growing up.
Klavan has revealed that Estonia trailblazer and former Arsenal and Derby goalkeeper Mart Poom was an inspiration.
“I remember how Mart came to our small town of Viljandi and gave master classes,” he told the Uefa website.” I was eight or nine, and of course all of us were fans of the Premier League. David Beckham and Thierry Henry were my heroes.”
Klavan has more than 100 caps for his country, and at 30, has the knowledge and maturity manager Jurgen Klopp is looking for to replace veteran duo Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure, who have left in the last month.
Klopp will be without both Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez for the start of the season after they both fell victim to Achilles problems, and the German admitted last week he would move swiftly to sign cover.
Matip also limped out of Liverpool’s 2-0 pre-season win over Wigan on Sunday with an ankle problem that Liverpool will hope is only a minor one.
Klavan can play on the left side of central defence as cover for Sakho, and has impressed in the Bundesliga since joining Augsburg from AZ Alkmaar in 2012.
The Estonian played twice against Liverpool last season in the Europa League, and impressed at Anfield as the German side went down narrowly to a 1-0 defeat to a James Milner penalty.
Klavan will be Liverpool’s fifth signing of the summer. Klopp has already signed goalkeeper Loris Karius, Joel Matip, forward Sadio Mane and midfielder Marko Grujic.
In other Liverpool transfer news, they are favourites to win a three-horse race for a £27million ace after odds were slashed.