It’s fair to say Ragnar Klavan didn’t perform as well yesterday as he did a week earlier against Arsenal (though – who did?).
He could have done more for Burnley’s second goal, being too easily beaten on the half-way line and allowing the Claret’s counter-attack to get past him.
Brian Kerr weighed in post-match. For those who don’t know who he is – he is a former Republic of Ireland manager, current radio present in Ireland, and vitally – the former boss of the Faroe Islands.
This is what he had to say about Klavan:
“He actually played against the Faroes when I was with the Faroes, and I remember studying him before the matches and thinking he was a bit of a weak link.
“I never thought he was a fellow that would be playing for Liverpool in the Premier League.
However, the Estonians were not impressed, and their FA immediately called Kerr out.
“There are three big mistakes in these quotes”, said Mihkel Uiboleht, an Estonia FA press officer.
“1. Faroe Island (sic) have never scored three goals against Estonia as claimed. They scored two
“2. In that game when Mr Kerr was coaching Faroe Islands and they scored two goals (07.06.2011), Klavan did not play.
“3. Mistake number two means that the last sentence ‘A load of lads working in the fishing industry and so on. They were good enough to expose him’ is not true as Klavan did not play in that match.”
“Thank you in advance for correcting these mistakes!”
Estonia 1-0 Brian Kerr.