Liverpool flop Ragnar Klavan is set for a surprisingly important role at Eurovision 2023.
The ex-Reds centre-back, 37, has been chosen as Estonia's representative to deliver their allocated points as the scores are totted up at the end of the contest. The annual showpiece, which gets underway on Saturday night, will be hosted in Liverpool after the UK was chosen to host the 2023 finals.
Despite finishing as runners-up the previous year, with Sam Ryder's Spaceman entry, the British Isles were selected as winners Ukraine are unable to host the continental song competition – due to the ongoing war against Russia.
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Cult hero Klavan made 39 appearances across the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, which culminated in Liverpool's Champions League final against Real Madrid – Jurgen Klopp's men losing out 3-1 as Gareth Bale scored an incredible overhead kick.
Last on the books at Estonia side Paide Linnameeskond, the defender still has fond memories of his two-year stint at Anfield. "My first day when I arrived here was something special. This is something you will never forget in your life," Klavan recalled.
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"To be part of this amazing team, to go and work with so many amazing players together and under Jurgen Klopp in those two years, with that kind of development what happened with Liverpool Football Club. To be part of it, to witness it, it was something that I remember like it was yesterday."
Signed for £4.2m in 2016, as the most expensive Estonian in history, Klavan made his debut in a thrilling 4-3 victory over Arsenal. He was named man of the match in Liverpool's Merseyside derby triumph at Goodison Park and later became the first Estonian to score in the Premier League, netting a memorable 94th-minute winner away against Burnley.
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