While the arrival of Ragnar Klavan at Anfield was in all respects certainly not a much heralded affair, manager Jurgen Klopp was quick to emphasize on the strengths of the 30-year old.
Klopp duly highlighted the ‘defensive intelligence’ as a key part of the defender’s game and the Estonian has showcased just that with calm and composed displays in the recent games that he has featured.
With the Liverpool squad being ravaged by injuries, the third-choice center back has been a central figure in the Liverpool defence with his ball passing abilities and football intelligence for all to see.
The former Augsburg player’s initiation plays from the back has been a crucial aspect of Liverpool’s plays in recent games.
As such, it does not come as much of a surprise to see Klavan consistently return with high pass accuracy stats. What’s surprising is the fact that the defender has even outshone the likes of Wijnaldum and Henderson as far as the passing accuracy goes by.
Check out the top 5 list below:
Highest pass accuracy for Liverpool this season (3+ games):
Klavan – 91%
Wijnaldum – 89%
Matip – 87%
Henderson – 87%
Lallana – 86% pic.twitter.com/OpGUV21WSS
— Liverpool GFN (@LiverpoolGFN) December 28, 2016