By Matt Farr
Liverpool put in yet another abject defensive display to succumb to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of bottom-of-the-table Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Reds are now faced with the possibility of falling 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea, and fans were less than impressed with the display – particularly that of defender Ragnar Klavan.
The 31-year-old retained his place in the first-team despite the return of Joel Matip following his dispute with the Cameroon FA over his Africa Cup of Nations snub, and did not justify his selection at all.
Klavan rarely looked in control at the back, and failed to exert his authority over Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, who netted twice early in the second-half.
He was also considered at fault for Swansea’s third goal, clearing the ball into the path of an unmarked Gylfi Sigurdsson, who slotted past Simon Mignolet to seal the deal.
Following the defeat, Liverpool fans took to social media to voice their concerns.
Here are some of their messages on Twitter:
Klavan , milner and clyne all had shockers on the same day. Defence still huge concern . Emre Can a liabilty every week lately #lfc
— baz c (@bc_1973lfc) January 21, 2017
— Ranjan Mallya 🇮🇳 (@ranjanmallya) January 21, 2017
@TheAnfieldWrap every time we drop points same players same mistakes Lovren Can Klavan Lucas – need these replacing in the summer
— jtomoLFC-ROADEND (@jtomoLFC) January 21, 2017
Have we bought Van Dijk yet? Have we binned Lovren and Klavan for life yet?
— Robin Bylund (@robinbylundLFC) January 21, 2017
I have nothing personal against him but Klavan should not play for Liverpool…
— 🎄🅹 (@_JNews_) January 21, 2017
It's gotta be Matip & Gomez on Wednesday, quite possible I'll be swinging at the sight of Lovren & Klavan again #LFC
— Mike Simmons (@MikeSimmonsLFC5) January 21, 2017
— s1 is Brazil Nuts (@s1mondinho) January 21, 2017
Klavan was brought in by Jurgen Klopp in the summer from FC Augsburg for a fee of £4.2million, but has been less than impressive.
He has made 16 appearances in all competitions this season, and despite some positive moments, still has work to do to win over the Liverpool faithful.
In other Liverpool news, Football Insider reveals three things we learned from the Swansea defeat.