Klopp’s summer signing reveals what keeps pushing him forward

Ragnar Klavan revealed that he’s “never satisfied” with his own performances, as he continues to establish himself in Liverpool‘s back-line this season.

Klavan was one of several summer arrivals at Anfield in the last transfer window, with Jurgen Klopp looking to strengthen his options ahead of his first-full season in the Premier League. The 31-year-old Estonian international was recruited from FC Augsburg, following fellow centre-back Joel Matip, who signed from Schalke.

Despite being seen by many as just a back-up at centre-back, Klavan has proven to be a more than reliable option for Klopp so far this term, getting a good run of games in the Premier League over the hectic Christmas period. However the veteran defender believes that he can still improve, claiming he’s “never satisfied” with his displays.

“I’m never satisfied with my performance – I always want more,” Klavan told the club’s official website. “That has always been [the way] for me throughout my career, something that keeps pushing me forward. After every game, you find a lot of things you can improve.

“You take those things into the next week’s training and start working on them. It’s nice to always move forward.”

The Reds defender then reflected on the intricacies of the Premier League, adding: “In every training session, you try to get used to it. And not only training, the games as well. There is a little bit more allowed in this league, from the referees, than I’m used to.

“This is something that takes a little bit of time, that as a central defender you are allowed a little bit more. That’s the style of English football. Slowly, I’m getting there.”

Klavan has averaged six defensive actions-per-game and won 47% of his duels in 10 Premier League appearances this season, with a pass accuracy of 90%, as Liverpool sit second on 44 points, five behind leaders Chelsea.

Next up for them is a home clash with Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup this weekend, before taking on Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday.

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