Football

Pool sign Estonian defender Klavan

Liverpool have signed centre back Ragnar Klavan from Bundesliga side Augsburg on a long-term contract, the English Premier League side announced yesterday.

The 30-year-old, who has more than 100 caps for Estonia, made 40 appearances for Augsburg last season and offers Liverpool some much-needed defensive cover following the sale of Martin Skrtel to Fenerbahce and the release of Kolo Toure.

Two other Liverpool defenders, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez, are set to miss the start of the season with achilles injuries.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but British media reports indicated that Klavan had cost Liverpool an initial £4.2 million ($7.5m) and had signed a three-year contract.

Klavan is Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp's fourth signing of the close season, following the additions of goalkeeper Loris Karius, central defender Joel Matip and forward Sadio Mane. Midfielder Marko Grujic is also a new face, having signed for the Reds in January.

- Reuters.

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