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Liverpool Defender Ragnar Klavan Tired of Bench Role

He hasn't been in Liverpool's starting eleven for a league match since September.

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After joining Liverpool as a defensive depth piece over the summer, it's been difficult for Ragnar Klavan to get into the side. He's made just four Premier League appearances so far this campaign and hasn't started in the league since September 24th.

While he wasn't brought in to be a starter, the lack of playing time has started to irk the defender. But he understands the team is performing well and giving little reason for manager Jürgen Klopp to fiddle with the back line.

"If you don't play, it is unpleasant, but it's the coach's decision,' Klavan said (via the Metro). "At the moment it seems to be a legitimate choice, the club won 6-1 [against Watford prior to the international break] and are now league leaders."

As a 31-year-old, Klavan has enough playing experience to know his time might come at any point in the season. And that perspective allows him to understand why he isn't being picked.

"For me, [not starting games] doesn't mean anything, and I'm not going to analyze it," Klavan said. "I have the advantage that I'm old enough to understand the situation. Certainly it's different and takes getting used to. Every once in a while, on game day, you expect to play, and if you don't, there's a reason for this."

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