Liverpool team news: Klavan vows to fight for first-team spot

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16th Aug, 2016 | 4:12pm

Liverpool summer signing accepts he won’t play every week

By Dominic Toner

Ragnar Klavan admits that he faces a battle to stay in the Liverpool side.

Liverpool’s summer signing made his debut in the 4-3 victory over Arsenal as the Merseyside club made a winning start to the Premier League.

Graeme Souness has identified Klavan as a concern in the Liverpool backline as the defence leaked wither goals against an Arsenal side without Olivier Giroud.

Klavan has welcomed competition for his place in the team and believes the team must come first.

“I enjoyed it but I have no idea whether I’ll continue to start,” he told the Echo. “For me it’s more important how the team does. If the manager decides that it’s better if someone else plays then that’s okay.

“That will just mean I have to work harder to come back. This way is good. The best guys always play to help the team.”

Klaven partnered Dejan Lovren at centre-back, who has improved in the last season under the management of Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp also has senior options Joel Matip and Mamadou Sakho at his disposal, but the latter was left out of the match day squad against Arsenal.

The Sun claimed that Besiktas are preparing a bid for Sakho after his disciplinary problems at Liverpool, which included him being sent home from the club’s pre-season your of the US for not respecting the team’s rules on three separate occasions.

This may give Klavan the chance to cement his place in the Liverpool first-team with some improved performances.

Klavan, 30, moved to Anfield this summer in a £4.2million deal from German club FC Augsburg.

The experienced centre-back has been capped 112 times by his country, Estonia, but there are clearly still some doubts whether he can thrive in the Premier League.

In other Liverpool team news, Jamie Carragher has given his verdict on Sadio Mane after his debut.