Football

Klavan.

Liverpool fans love Ragnar Klavan's pointless piece of skill v Huddersfield

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Liverpool needed three points against Huddersfield on Saturday as they attempted to forget all about their 4-1 thrashing against Tottenham last weekend.

And while they suffered a frustrating first-half - with Mohamed Salah missing a penalty - they eventually ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum sealed the victory and lifted them up to 6th in the league table.

After all the criticism of Liverpool’s terrible defensive ability against Spurs, Jurgen Klopp would have been delighted to have kept a clean sheet.

But they had to deal with a 'setback' before kick-off with Dejan Lovren withdrawing from the starting XI after picking up an injury in the warm-up. The Croatian came under a lot of criticism for his performance last week and was substituted by Klopp in the first-half against Spurs.

Taking his place in the match against Huddersfield was Ragnar Klavan. The Estonian - who turns 32 tomorrow - isn’t exactly the answer to Liverpool’s defensive problems, though.

However, he produced a solid performance against David Wagner’s side and helped the side keep only their fifth clean sheet of the season in all competitions.

But Liverpool were loving Klavan for a different reason.

FBL-ENG-PR-LIVERPOOL-HUDDERSFIELD

Not only did he keep a clean sheet but he produced one of the most bizarre pieces of skills we’ve seen all season.

When passed the ball under no pressure, the centre-back decided to do a little pirouette.

It was needless. It was pointless. But it was brilliant.

Watch: Klavan's 'skill'

Take a look:

Liverpool fans react

And Liverpool fans absolutely loved it. Check out the reaction on social media:

Despite his skills, Klavan was only told he would be starting the match minutes before kick-off and Klopp admitted he wasn’t quite ready to begin with.

Klopp on Klavan

"You could see Raggy (Klavan) needed it a little bit to find the game," Klopp admitted.

"But it was really difficult for him – it was not even two minutes before we went in with the squad. There was not a real warming up for him.

“You can imagine as a player as sub you are not in the mood to start straight away. So Raggy struggled a little first half but second half was really good, so good news for us.”

Liverpool v Huddersfield Town - Premier League

Maybe just stick to defending in the future though, Ragnar…

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Philippe Coutinho
Jordan Henderson
Jamie Carragher
Football
Premier League
Steven Gerrard
Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again