By Tom Blackburn
Liverpool are set to complete a deal for Estonia captain Ragnar Klavan – and fans took Twitter to share their delight at Jurgen Klopp’s impending fifth signing of the summer.
Centre-back Klavan has impressed in the Bundesliga since joining Augsburg from AZ Alkmaar in 2012.
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.
Joel 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.
Upon hearing news of the transfer revelation, fans took to Twitter to share their hopes, knowledge and dreams for the centre-back’s time at Anfield… alongside one or two sceptics.
Here are some of their messages:
Can't wait until Klavan thumps a 30 yarder into the top corner against United to win us the league.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) July 17, 2016
Without checking I can guarantee somebody has said "Why let Skrtel leave and buy Klavan" and "What about Woodburn" regarding Wijnaldum.
— Richard (@sharkquay) July 18, 2016
Would love to get both Klavan and Wijnaldum done before we leave for the US tour. The squad almost complete.
— Basquérates (@Rebelbhaskar) July 18, 2016
Klavan is an elite signing, our new Kolo
— Martin (@TimeIsMane) July 18, 2016
Been a huge fan of Estonian football for ages. Real sleeping giant of Europe. Heard Klavan is even more loveable than Kolo too
— Michael Rossiter (@squeakee21) July 18, 2016
Klavan on YouTube vs Portugal… He looks worse than Skrtle?
— Andrew (@drewlfc5times) July 18, 2016
No disrespect but I think Liverpool can sign a better centre half than ragnar klavan..
— DanTwin98✌⚽ (@danielwms98) July 18, 2016
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