By Alex Stevens
Ragnar Klavan played the full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Everton on Monday – and fans took to Twitter to hail his display.
The Estonia international has had a mixed start to his career with the Merseyside giants since joining from German club Augsburg for a reported fee of £4million.
But he started his second consecutive Premier League match on Monday night, with Joel Matip once again missing due to injury.
Sadio Mane scored the winner deep into injury time to secure the three points for Liverpool.
Klavan, 31, partnered Dejan Lovren in the centre of Liverpool’s defence and was part of a backline that kept a second consecutive clean sheet following the 3-0 win over Middlesbrough last Wednesday.
Fans took to social media to express their admiration for the solidity and steadiness of the Estonian’s performance, and claimed that he had proved his doubters wrong.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Klaven has been very steady tonight #LFC
— Pete Spencer (@irishpete67) December 19, 2016
Sky commentary has been terrible. Lukaku supposedly “dominating” Klavan who has been first to absolutely everything.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) December 19, 2016
Ragnar Klavan has really looked solid #LFC
— Tobbe Gjörloff (@TobbeGjorloff) December 19, 2016
Klavan, very calm. Lovren on the other hand….Hes turning into Skrtel 2.0, not sure how i feel about this… #LFC
— #BROKEN SamuraiT-X (@SamuraiTX90) December 19, 2016
Man of the match – Klavan. (Awaits clanger) #LFC
— Ashley Taylor (@Taylor1Ashley) December 19, 2016
Klavan is having a great game. Proving a few doubters wrong. #LFC
— Matt B. ? (@MatthewBeardmo3) December 19, 2016
Klavan has done alright #LFC
— LFC-TM (@Its_all_left) December 19, 2016
Klavan has generally been the third choice centre-back since joining Jurgen Klopp’s side, with Lovren and Matip the first choice pairing.
In total, the Estonian has made 10 appearances for Liverpool, eight of which have been starts.
Liverpool’s win against Everton lifted them to 37 points for the season and second in the table, six adrift of leaders Chelsea.
In other Liverpool news, this 25-year-old is the club’s player of the year for 2016.