Ragnar Klavan set to sign for Liverpool: 6 things you didn't know

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It appears that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to bring Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan to Liverpool. 

Reports have claimed that the 30-year-old will complete a move to Merseyside shortly, but just who is the FC Augsburg man? 

Well, we're here to take a look. Here are six things you didn't know about Klavan: 


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He's an Estonian, err, superstar 

You may not be able to think of too many Estonian players, but it's fair to say that Klavan is an icon in his homeland. 

That's somewhat down to the fact that he's his national side's current captain and has racked up well over 100 appearances for his country since 2003. Klavan has also picked up the Estonian Player of the Year award on three occasions. 

He's extremely versatile

Reds chief Klopp is clearly bringing him in as another option at the heart of his defence, but it must be noted that Klavan can also be used elsewhere.

The 30-year-old can play at left-back, while he began his career in the centre of midfield. In the Bundesliga, though, he has quickly established himself as a fine central defender. 

He was great last season & impressed against...Liverpool 

His age may suggest that he's past his best, but Klavan's ability shouldn't be underestimated at this stage in his career.

Augsburg may well have failed to secure a top-half finish in the Bundesliga last term, but Klavan was comfortably one of their leading players. He also impressed in the Europa League and enjoyed two solid outings against Liverpool.

The first Estonian to play in the Champions League 

As mentioned, Klavan has starred for Augsburg in the Europa League, but he was also the first Estonian player to feature in the Champions League. 

Indeed, while plying his trade in the Eredivisie for AZ, the versatile defender played in the Champions League group stages. He may not be doing that at Anfield this season, but there's every chance that the club will secure a top-four Premier League finish and claim a spot in the competition ahead of the 2017/18 season. 

Liverpool will be his eighth club 

Klavan most definitely isn't a one-club player. Throughout his career, he has played for as many as seven different teams. Starting off at FC Elva in Estonia, the defender moved to Tulevik before joining Flora. 

He played for Valerenga on four occasions during a short loan spell and then completed a move to Heracles Almelo, where he spent four prominent years. He then joined Dutch outfit AZ in 2009 before arriving in the Bundesliga with Augsburg in 2012.

He could have previously moved to the Premier League 

The Telegraph report that the duo of Everton (yes, Everton) and Sunderland were previously interested in his signature. 

On that occasion, however, it appears that the Estonian defender opted out of completing a move to Merseyside. That should please the Liverpool faithful at this early stage. 

Do you think Klavan will be a good signing for Liverpool? Have your say below! 

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