Ragnar Klavan has been at Liverpool since the summer of 2016, but he has failed to hold on to a first-team position.
The 32-year-old had to compete with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip for a starting spot, and that challenge was made even harder when Virgil van Dijk signed in January.
The Dutchman became the world’s most expensive defender when he completed a £75m transfer from Southampton midway through the current campaign.
Van Dijk slotted into Jurgen Klopp’s back four with ease, and immediately, Klavan fell further down the pecking order.
In fact, the Estonian has made just 26 appearances in all competitions, 20 of which have been starts.
On Saturday, the centre-back played the full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s goalless draw with Stoke City at Anfield, and afterwards, Klopp was asked by reporters about his player’s future.
Klopp wants to keep Ragnar Klavan beyond current contract which has just over year left. “Fantastic player, really good footballer. He has all what you need. Of course I would (want him to stay) but there are two sides to it.”
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) April 28, 2018
The manager’s desire to keep Klavan at the club has been met with a mixed reaction from supporters.
Please stop this, I'm waiting all the season to be in this time as the end of the season to see Klavan out of the team and then you're saying we"ll keep him? I'm shocking now, Klavan will never success even in U18 team
— Nawaf SA 🅾 (@LFC_Nawaf) April 28, 2018
Decent squad player to have around
— 1/2 Marathon Man (@wares_marty) April 28, 2018
Our Estonian General
— Pacey Salah (@Godwinla1) April 28, 2018
Klavan is absolute pony pal
— zander leslie (@ZandaLeslie) April 28, 2018
— Andrew Whittle (@AndyWhittleACT) April 28, 2018
He’s been a good reliable back-up
— Lily (@Lily_5LFC) April 28, 2018
2 things KLAVAN has – that is hard to find – 1. Patience and willingness to wait for his opportunity without crying -2. THAT turn. Of course keep. Rarely makes mistakes. But some limitations
— Sammy Liddell (@samli929) April 28, 2018
Keep Klavan sell Lovren
— Owen Hywel-Jones (@hemingway_bingg) April 28, 2018
— §ŦЄVЄИ_ŦÂĿÂĿ🙋 (@steven_talal) April 28, 2018