Ragnar Klavan has said that Anfield “is the place to be” after sealing his £4.2m move to Liverpool on Wednesday.
Reports emerged late on Sunday evening that Liverpool had identified Augsburg centre-half Klavan as reinforcement for their defence, which has been hampered by injury.
Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez have picked up injuries in pre-season which, coupled with the departures of Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure, leaves only Dejan Lovren and summer signing Joel Matip as Jurgen Klopp’s central defenders.
The Estonia captain has now signed a three-year deal at the club, and will join them on their pre-season tour of the United States.
“I’m really honoured to be part of this amazing club, this amazing team,” the 30-year-old told the club’s website. “It’s hard to put it into words, because it’s been a dream of mine for 22 years to come to the Premier League and be a part of this amazing club, Liverpool.
“The Premier League is the most attractive league in the world and you always have amazing players here. This is the home of football.”
Liverpool’s fourth signing of the summer, after Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Sadio Mane, is particularly looking forward to playing at Anfield.
“I think it’s more the feeling you get when you walk on the pitch,” the 112-cap Estonian said. “It’s a compact stadium, but there’s so much history in there, this is what excites me more.
“These days a lot of teams have really new stadiums which look good and everything is clean; but Anfield, it’s not the newest, but it’s the place to be.”