By 90Min
August 17, 2018

Jurgen Klopp's desire to bleed youth into his starting XI is the motivation behind allowing Ragnar Klavan to leave Anfield despite Liverpool currently finding themselves short at centre back, according to reports.

It is expected that the 32-year-old, who has struggled to stamp his mark with any authority on a regular spot in the Reds' first team since joining the club from Augsburg in 2016, will swap the Premier League for Serie A outfit Cagliari before the continental transfer window shuts. 

The Estonia international's departure has caused questions surrounding the lack of cover in defence the Merseysiders now hold, with both Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip currently sidelined through injury. 

However, according to Daily Mirror journalist David Maddock, Klopp holds strong desires to make the route from the youth teams to senior football more accessible for those shining in the Under-23s setup and beyond within the club. 

The report goes on to state that the likes of 21-year-old Nat Phillips, who has reportedly left a good impression on the German coach throughout pre-season, is deemed to have a bright future at the club, and the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager is keen to oversee his development via opportunities at senior level. 


Klopp's philosophy will also allow new prodigal signing Ki-Jana Hoever from Ajax the chance to potentially record some first-team minutes in the years to come. 

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The 16-year-old, known as a right back so far throughout his short career, is expected to make the transition to centre back over time, and is set to snub Manchester CityManchester United and Chelsea by accepting Liverpool's offer once his international clearance is granted. 

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