Ragnar Klavan v Martin Skrtel: Is Estonia star an upgrade for Liverpool?

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel during training

The Augsburg defender is reportedly close to completing a move to Anfield.

Ragnar Klavan in action for Estonia v Turkey

According to the Mirror, Liverpool are close to completing a deal for Augsburg defender Ragnar Klavan.

The Reds have already agreed a £4 million fee with the German side and the player will undergo a medical on Tuesday.

He is being brought to Anfield to add some much needed defensive cover, with that area of the team currently short on numbers.

Watford's Odion Ighalo in action with Liverpool's Martin Skrtel

Martin Skrtel has left for Fenerbache, Kolo Toure was released at the end of his contract and Joe Gomez has suffered a set back in his recovery from a long-term injury.

Juergen Klopp was clearly not a fan of Skrtel and it is likely that Klavan has been targeted as a direct replacement, but how did the two compare last season? Well as it turns out, Skrtel performed slightly better according to WhoScored

  TeamSeasonWon Tackle per GameInterception Won per GameBlocks per GameAerial Won per GameFouls per gameEffective Clearances per GameAccurate Pass per GamePassing AccuracyAppearances
Martin Skrtel Liverpool 2015-2016

0.9

1.8

0.9

2.6

0.95

6.9

43.7

85%

22
Ragnar
Klavan
Augsburg 2015-2016 1.1 1.3 1 2.3 0.87 6 40.7 85% 31

On a per game basis Skrtel managed to win more interceptions and aerial duels, as well as registering more clearances than the Estonia international.

His passing was also better as he managed more successful passes per game, although the two were level when it came to passing accuracy.

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action with Augsburg's Ragnar Klavan

Klavan did however win more tackles and blocks per game, while he also committed fewer fouls per game than Skrtel did last season.

Interesting stats nonetheless, suggesting Liverpool should have considered keeping Skrtel rather than spending money to replace him this summer.

Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp and Martin Skrtel after the match

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