Klavan may be low down the pecking order, but Liverpool could end up needing him

Liverpool are expected to offload defender Ragnar Klavan before the end of the month as manager Jurgen Klopp wants to put faith in Joe Gomez, according to Goal.

What’s the word?

The Reds can no longer bring new faces into the squad, but they are likely to send a few in the other direction before the month is out.

Klavan is believed to be one of them, with Goal reporting that the centre-back is attracting plenty of interest from the Bundesliga.

The Estonian international, who has 124 caps to his name, has dropped down the pecking order since his 2016 switch from Augsburg.

Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren are Liverpool’s first-choice centre-back pairing, while Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are likely to be next in line.

That leaves Klavan fifth choice, which suggests that a move abroad could be on the cards.

Is this a good idea?

From the player’s point of view? Absolutely.

At the age of 32, Klavan still has plenty of years left in him to play at a decent level, but opportunities will decrease if he continues to sit on the bench.

From Liverpool’s point of view, though, it may be in their best interests to keep the defender at Anfield.

Gomez has spent most of his time at Liverpool positioned at right-back, but after playing alongside Van Dijk in Sunday’s Premier League opener against West Ham United, it is clear that Klopp wants to move him more centrally this season.

The 21-year-old has struggled with long-term injuries in the past, which is a concern, and one that could leave Liverpool in a vulnerable position if Klavan leaves.

Matip has also had injury problems recently, therefore the Reds could potentially be stretched thin at the back – an area that has dogged their progress for some time.

Liverpool have a genuine shot at the Premier League title this season, but they must make sure that their defensive demons do not come back to haunt them.