‘He’s worse than the players Klopp has sold’
Football pundit Martin Keown has launched an astonishing verbal attack on new Liverpool defender Ragnar Klaven, after the Estonian has played just 180 minutes of football this season.
Due to Joel Matip’s poor early fitness, Mamadou Sakho’s various problems and his own excellent pre-season form, Klavan was named in the starting XI for Liverpool’s first two Premier League games of the campaign – but was part of a defence that leaked five goals against Arsenal and Burnley in those two games
“So far, the 30-year-old Estonian does not seem to be at the same level as Skrtel or Toure, let alone an improvement. If he is going to stay in Liverpool’s defence for the rest of the season, he is going to have to get better quickly,” the ex-England international told BBC.
“He was beaten twice for Burnley’s second goal, once by Steven Defour, who ran straight through him, and then by Andre Gray, who went round him as he tried to recover.
“Klavan was involved in the Clarets’ first goal too. Nathaniel Clyne gave it away for Gray to set up Sam Vokes to score, but Klavan had put his team-mate under pressure by trying to play out from the back with a long cross-field pass that saw Clyne closed down as soon as it reached him.
“On that evidence, a change in personnel has not seen the defensive problems that held Liverpool back last season go away.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10