Whilst Liverpool’s attack is one frightening the rest of the Premier League and has reaped the most goals in 2016, their defence is far less assured.
This weekend’s match versus Leicester City exposed some of the weaknesses of this current Liverpool side. After finding themselves in a commanding 2-0 lead, Lucas Leiva inexplicably gifted Jamie Vardy a gilt-edged chance which he simply couldn’t refuse.
The Reds reasserted themselves on the Champions though and went on to win 4-1 in very impressive style but there is very little defence of Liverpool’s leaky defence!
However, manager Jurgen Klopp is aware of that too and has tried to address the problem this summer by signing the impressive centre-back Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg.
The 30-year-old Estonian has made over 350 league appearances in a number of countries and Klopp will be hoping his experience can sure up their porous defence.
The enigmatic boss knows the centre-back half well from his time in charge of Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and is obviously fond of his talents.
We here also think it’s a shrewd signing for the reds, and here’s why…
Klavan is not someone Klopp has signed with the view to a promising future.
The German has brought in the centre-back to shore Liverpool’s leaky defence and he wants that sorting immediately.
Klavan is expected to settle quickly in England given his experience elsewhere. He has been at Augsburg for four years and led them to their highest ever finish in the German Bundesliga.
If Klopp can help the centre back adapt to the rigours of English football, we may be seeing a wise head at the back of Liverpool’s defence.
The Estonian has forged a reputation for his tough tackling back in Germany.
The centre-back starred in his former side’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the Europa League last season and Klopp was clearly impressed.
In fact, Klavan and co kept Liverpool largely at bay during the second leg too, but eventually succumbed to a 1-0 aggregate defeat.
He is very muscly and big in build and will be hopeful of bullying some of the Premier League strikers this season.
The centre-back is not just a brute tackling machine, though. He is actually very reliable and is a calm head to have as leader of the back four.
On average last season, Klavan made less than one foul per match and picked up just two bookings.
For someone who’s job it is to tackle and stop the attacks, that is an astonishing record and all the Liverpool fans will be hoping he can emulate that form this season.
His height and aerial prowess again make him a defender you wouldn’t want to mess with.
Klavan stands at 6 ft 1 and whilst not the tallest centre-back in the Premier League, he tends to be dominant in the air, winning the majority of aerial duels he finds himself in.
There’s definitely still work to be done with Klavan to make him a perfect Premier League centre-back but Liverpool can be confident they have a one in their ranks.
Not something crucial for defenders but always a nice bonus when it comes along.
Klavan has been known to pop up with a few goals in his career, netting nine during his Augsburg career. He also scored nine times whilst at AZ Alkmaar so don’t be surprised if he makes the net bulge at Anfield a few times.
He attacks the ball very well in the air and will certainly be a threat from set-pieces this season.