CONFIRMED: Ragnar Klavan completes surprise late transfer from Liverpool

17 August 2018

Ragnar Klavan has completed his £2 million move to Cagliari, leaving Liverpool after two years as Jurgen Klopp turns his attention to the future.


The Estonian joined the Reds from Augsburg in 2016, with his £4.2 million fee quickly proving to be a bargain despite his role as backup centre-back.

Over two seasons, Klavan made 53 appearances for the club, providing able cover for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren.

He became the first of his nationality to score in the Premier League when he netted an injury-time winner against Burnley on New Year’s Day, in one of the standout moments of last season.

Klopp was a big admirer of Klavan, but sanctioned his move to Serie A on Friday due to his faith in the likes of Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Phillips.

Phillips is now likely to establish himself as fifth choice, though both Conor Masterson and George Johnston will be hoping to compete with their academy team-mate in the future.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 30, 2017: Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan celebrates scoring the winning second goal with a header with team-mate Dejan Lovren during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klavan becomes only the third senior player to leave on a permanent basis this summer, following Danny Ward‘s £12.5 million switch to Leicester City and Emre Can‘s free transfer to Juventus.

Danny Ings will complete a £20 million move to Southampton after his loan spell at St Mary’s this season, while the likes of Ben Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria and Harry Wilson have also left temporarily.

Liverpool are still expected to allow Simon Mignolet, Connor Randall, Pedro Chirivella, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi to depart for Europe before the end of the transfer window.

Marko Grujic may also leave on loan, though the Reds have already rejected an approach from Torino, and he could be followed by Sheyi Ojo and Liam Millar.

Good luck, Ragnar!

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