Ragnar Klavan

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17
Nationality
est Estonia
Position
Defender
Height
1.87
Current Team
Competitions
Premier League
Birthday
1985-10-30

Ragnar Klavan

Ragnar Klavan (born 30 October 1985) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Estonia national team. A left-footed centre back, he has also played as a left back during his career.

He played for Elva, Tulevik and Flora in Estonia, winning the Meistriliiga with Flora in the 2003 season, before moving to the Netherlands where he represented Heracles Almelo and AZ, winning the Eredivisie with the latter in the 2008–09 season. In 2012, he transferred to FC Augsburg and spent four seasons in the Bundesliga before his move to Liverpool in July 2016 for €5 million.

Klavan made his international debut for Estonia in 2003, and became captain in 2012. In 2015, he became the ninth player to make 100 appearances for Estonia, and is currently the fifth highest capped Estonian player of all time. Klavan has won the Estonian Footballer of the Year award five times, in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.



Liverpool

On 20 July 2016, Klavan signed a three-year contract with Premier League club Liverpool for a reported fee of £4.2 million (€5 million). The transfer fee of €5 million made him the most expensive Estonian footballer ever. The club confirmed that he would wear the number 17 shirt.

Klavan made his debut in the Premier League on 14 August 2016, in a 4–3 victory over Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. He scored his first goal for Liverpool on 20 September 2016, in a 3–0 away victory over Derby County in the third round of the EFL Cup. On 19 December 2016, Klavan was named man of the match for his performance in Liverpool’s 1–0 victory in the derby match against Everton at Goodison Park.

On 1 January 2018, Klavan became first-ever Estonian player to score in the Premier League when he scored the winning goal in the fourth minute of injury time in a 2–1 away win against Burnley.

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