Liverpool have completed the signing of Ragnar Klavan, who has agreed a long-term contract at Anfield after moving from Bundesliga outfit Augsburg.
The club's official website announced the deal on Wednesday, with Klavan moving to the Premier League after impressing during his four-year stay in Germany's top flight:
Liverpool FC @LFC
Ragnar is a Red! 🔴 #KlavanToTheKop https://t.co/mTuyh4kuY42016-7-20 10:58:54
Despite Augsburg only finishing 12th in last season's Bundesliga, Bleacher Report's Lars Pollmann nonetheless found a host of positives in their chief centre-back's game:
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.@LarsPollmann takes a closer look at #LFC's latest signing, Ragnar Klavan: https://t.co/99SHrn5sKA2016-7-20 11:11:12
Squawka also highlighted that while his profile may be fairly low in the German top flight, Klavan is nothing if not consistent in one particular aspect of his defensive work:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Ragnar Klavan made 770 successful clearances in the Bundesliga over the last 4 seasons; more than any other player. https://t.co/4MNudcZ27P2016-7-20 11:07:16
Klavan, 30, arrives at Anfield as defensive cover for Joe Gomez after the Press Association (h/t Sky Sports) confirmed an Achilles injury could cause the youngster to miss the start of the coming season.
He'll also take Mamadou Sakho's No. 17 jersey ahead of the new campaign, as confirmed by Liverpool writer Dave O'Connell, with the Frenchman claiming the No. 3 instead:
Ragnar Klavan will wear number 17. https://t.co/7pxV76vubo2016-7-20 11:04:49
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has already strengthened his back line with the additions of Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius and Schalke 04 centre-back Joel Matip.
And as noted by Liverpool writer Jack Sear, it bodes well for Klopp and Co. that fluent English appears to be a running theme among his new recruits:
Jack Sear @JackSear
Didn't realise Klavan spoke English. Another important factor. Every single one of our new signings speak the language fluently.2016-7-20 11:07:31
Klavan's capture makes him the third summer recruit to come from Klopp's native league, and he'll now join the likes of Dejan Lovren and Sakho in competing for a spot in central defence.
Following Kolo Toure's release and Martin Skrtel's move to Fenerbahce, Liverpool were in need of reinforcements at centre-back, and Klavan will now look to enforce his role as a contender under Klopp.