This defender hates playing against Liverpool’s attackers

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Ragnar Klavan of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Liverpool at iPro Stadium on September 20, 2016 in Derby, England.
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Ragnar Klavan told Liverpool’s official website that he would hate to play against Liverpool’s front line in a competitive fixture.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have scored 18 goals this season and no other side has scored more. With the Reds in fine form, it must be tough training against them at Melwood.

When asked if he would hate to play against the Reds’ hot forwards, Klavan told Liverpoolfc.com, “Of course. We have so much quality in front, but for me it is good to train against them every day – it helps my defending level.”

Klavan has made a few appearances for Liverpool and has been impressive. He arrived on Merseyside relatively unknown, but his limited displays in defence for the Reds have brought him to the fore.

Estonia’s captain was playing for FC Augsburg when Klopp called him up and recruited him. He admits that the English game is a bit different than what he experienced in Germany.

“It’s kind of more aggressive,” he said. “A little bit more is allowed by the referees.”

“It’s a little bit different from the Bundesliga. Those are just parts where you need to get used to it a little bit, so it took me some time and also in training, but slowly I am getting there.

“With every league, there is something special about that league. England is, in my opinion, one of the best – maybe the best – leagues in the world.”

Liverpool is fourth with 16 points, just two points off first-placed Manchester City. Klavan, while admitting that the Reds have made a good start to the season, recognises there is still a lot of work to be done.

“We have had a good start to the season, no doubt about it, but it’s going to be a long season,” the no.17 said, speaking before Liverpool’s clash with Swansea City.

“To pick out a [finishing] spot or place is hard to say. For us, I hope we take it one game at a time because every game is going to be important if you want to achieve something amazing.”

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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