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Ragnar Klavan: Poom inspired Liverpool move

Ragnar Klavan admits a chat with Mart Poom helped assure him about a move to Liverpool.

The defender completed his switch yesterday.

Asked why he wanted to play in the Premier League, Klavan told LFC TV: "Because of our national team's former goalkeeper, Mart Poom. He was the first one [Estonian] ever to play in the Premier League and he was a big idol for me when I was growing up. I followed him wherever he went, so that's one of the reasons, but the Premier League is the most attractive league in the world and you always have amazing players here. This is the home of football.

"Yeah, of course I didn't play for too long with him in the national team, but he said: 'It's crazy! This country loves football, it's all about football.' So that was the main thing he said, that when you play here they do everything for you so you can only focus on football and as a professional player, that's what you need."

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