Klavan discusses ‘crazy’ debut; warns Liverpool must improve

Date published: Wednesday 17th August 2016 10:20

Ragnar Klavan

Ragnar Klavan says his Liverpool debut was a “special” occasion but admits the team must improve defensively.

Centre-back Klavan joined Liverpool in a £4.2million move from Jurgen Klopp’s former club Augsburg and made his bow in the 4-3 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates.

The 30-year-old was praised in our 16 conclusions on the game, but insists he “can’t be too happy” about the display.

“It was a crazy game,” Klavan told the Liverpool Echo.

“This is one of the best leagues in the world and when your first game is against Arsenal you know it’s going to be at a really high level. It was a good for me to see what the Premier League is like.

“For the spectators, it was an amazing game to watch but there were good moments and bad moments for us. Winning was special but as a centre-half, when your team concedes three goals it’s never too great a day. You can’t be too happy.

“We have to look into that and we will work on things in training for sure. There’s a lot of room for improvements.”

Liverpool started slowly and found themselves 1-0 down after Theo Walcott’s opener until Philippe Coutinho’s stunner drew the Reds level just before half-time.

A blistering period of three goals in 14 minutes in the second half took the game away from the hosts, and Klavan revealed Klopp had demanded an injection of energy at the break.

“It was our first game and maybe there was a bit too much excitement early on,” he added.

“Arsenal started better. They had good pressing and for us the first 15 to 20 minutes were hard. After that we slowly came into the game.

“Luckily, (Philippe) Coutinho brought us back into the game and that was a good moment for us just before half-time. Philippe is brilliant, not only as a football player but also as a person.

“In the second half when we came out of the locker room we got straight down to business. We had talked in the locker room about the need to start the second half fast and take the game to Arsenal.

“We pressed higher, we were more active and it worked. At 4-1, if we could have kept it like that for longer then it would have been an easier game for us.

“But then they scored twice and it was a real game again. For us in the end it was a little bit nervous but we managed to stop them scoring that fourth goal and it’s a great start for us.”

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