Ten-man Liverpool were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City on a disappointing afternoon at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, and Reds fans were particularly disappointed with the performance of one of their centre-backs.
Ragnar Klavan was preferred to Dejan Lovren in the starting line-up alongside Joel Matip at the heart of the defence to face Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, but the latter gave Pep Guardiola’s men the lead in the 24th minute before the visitors’ task was made even more difficult when Sadio Mane was dismissed for a high challenge on City goalkeeper Ederson 13 minutes later.
Gabriel Jesus added a second in first-half stoppage time as the Reds defence struggled to cope with their opponents before the Brazilian scored again after the interval, while Leroy Sane added two more late on.
Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on Klavan’s performance via social media and they were not impressed, with some saying “he is a calamity” and others saying he should be nowhere near the team.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Neil Meredith (@TF2Neil) September 10, 2017
— Ash Kahn (@AshKahn1) September 10, 2017
— Randhir Naiker (@Area52) September 10, 2017
Klavan was at fault several times yesterday. I feel Lovren would have performed better. Too early to get Gomez next to Matip? #lfc
— Just Gaz™ (@gazzasymons) September 10, 2017
Agreed #LFC were a mess even before Mane went. Klavan is not good enough & Matip looked slow. There was also not even protections from CM
— Simon Hawkins (@ThrillersUK) September 10, 2017
— GerrardsLove (@utchaycynthia) September 10, 2017
Still don't understand what Klavan is doing near any #Lfc matchday squad.All due to the incapabilty of Klopp and some other people at d club
— Azeez Bimbo (@bhimboh) September 9, 2017
Klavan is no where near good enough to wear the shirt and I'd say that win lose or draw #LFC
— Kyle Doran (@Dodsy11) September 9, 2017
TAA is raw.. Klavan is a calamity.. Gini went missing.. Henderson lost his calm w his wayward Long passes.. Can also frustrated. #LFC
— alvinlee (@breadpitt76) September 9, 2017