Jurgen Klopp has expressed his desire for Ragnar Klavan to stay at Liverpool beyond the end of his contract.
The Estonian has been utilised sporadically yet again this season and posed as a largely reliable backup to Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.
Virgil van Dijk’s £75million arrival from Southampton may have reduced his minutes since January, but Klavan evidently remains a popular figure on Merseyside.
Discussing the hopes of him signing a contract extension, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: “Yes of course. Fantastic player, really good footballer, he has all what you need. Of course I would but there are two sides to it.”
Klavan recently aided Liverpool with a timely return from injury, filling in for Lovren during last weekend’s draw against West Brom at the Hawthorns.
He now looks likely to play a part in Saturday’s clash at home to Stoke City, with Klopp set to make a number of changes in view of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second-leg against Roma.
The 32-year-old has rarely faulted when called up this season, offering an injection of composure and experience during Liverpool’s period of regular team rotation over the winter period.
Providing he is happy to continue playing the same role, he is well worth keeping around beyond his contract expiring in 2019 for the purpose of combatting an inevitably hectic schedule.