Liverpool have today confirmed the signing of defender Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg.
The Estonian national team captain has joined the Anfield club on a long-term contract for a fee believed to be in the region of £4m.
With a fee agreed between the two clubs on Monday, Klavan flew into Liverpool yesterday where he underwent a medical and agreed personal terms.
The 30-year-old arrives as Anfield as a player of experience, having made over 125 Bundesliga appearances as well as winning over a century of caps at international level.
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In a statement on the club’s website, Klavan said:
“I’m really honoured to be part of this amazing club, this amazing team.
“It’s hard to put it into words, because it’s been a dream of mine for 22 years to come to the Premier League and be a part of this amazing club, Liverpool.
“The Premier League is the most attractive league in the world and you always have amazing players here. This is the home of football.”
Liverpool re-entered the market for a defender following an injury setback to Joe Gomez. The 19-year-old missed most of last season with an ACL injury, and while he had been making steady progress in his rehabilitation, a damaged achilles tendon will rule him of the beginning of the new season.
With Mamadou Sakho also missing through injury, and Martin Skrtel and Kolo Touré having left the club, Klopp was forced into action.
Klavan has signed in time to join his new teammates on their pre-season tour of the US. He is highly unlikely to feature in tonight’s friendly against Huddersfield, however, so his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt will probably come in the International Champions Cup friendly against Chelsea in Pasadena on July 28th.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are working hard to ensure that Klavan is not the only player to join the club this week. The pursuit of Newcastle’s midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is ongoing, with multiple sources from both sides claiming that a deal could be finalised before the end of the week.