Ragnar Klavan has made 20 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool during the 2017-18 campaign, but the centre-back might find first-team football difficult to obtain in the final months of the season.
Indeed, the £75m January arrival of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton has done Klavan no favours when it comes to securing a regular spot in Jurgen Klopp’s first XI.
Klavan, who is valued at £3.1m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has not actually played for Liverpool in the Premier League since the middle of last month, and he has not even made the squad for their last three league fixtures.
The 32-year-old arguably out-performed Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren in the opening months of the season, but it appears that he has now fallen behind both of those players when it comes to the race to be Van Dijk’s partner at centre-back.
The Liverpool fans have not forgotten about Klavan, however, and many have taken to social media to reveal their respect for the Estonian.
Indeed, one supporter even claimed that he was the best centre-back of all time. A selection of the Twitter reaction can be found below:
“Everybody in the world is unique and that’s me – all the good and all the bad.” ?
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 13, 2018
— pere (@peghyy_) February 13, 2018
Most underrated player at the club.
Ragnar the red ?
— Glenn Dunne (@glenn6dunne) February 13, 2018
Klavan was there when Klopp wanted him. LFC should focus now because the race is very tight and any loss my cost us champions league football next season which will be a disaster on both squad and finance.
— Eng.SultanAlkeebali (@87Alkeebali) February 13, 2018
Ohhh there once was a hero called Ragnar the Red…
— Jubin Kurian Varghese (@KurianJubin) February 13, 2018
Why is he not getting some game time. He was our best defender before Van Dijk arrived
— Shane (@ShaneO__O) February 13, 2018
legend! such of underrated player
— Martin Ekstein (@MartinEkstein) February 13, 2018
Y'all keep benching my man. I miss him?
— Virgil with the good hair (@VanDykeHeader) February 13, 2018
— Aadil Hassan (@Aadil_Hassan20) February 13, 2018
Best CB of all time
— Joe (@Joe__LFC) February 13, 2018