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Liverpool cult hero Ragnar Klavan set for major Eurovision role

Liverpool cult hero Ragnar Klavan set for major Eurovision role

Klavan is set for a big role.

The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Liverpool on Saturday - and former Reds defender Ragnar Klavan has been enlisted to play a role in proceedings.

The defender was one of Jurgen Klopp's first signings after he took charge of the club, joining from German club FC Augsburg in the summer of 2016.

He made 53 appearances for the Reds across two seasons, and was an unused substitute in the 2018 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

Klavan gained somewhat of a cult hero status among Liverpool supporters towards the end of his stint at the club, and is still fondly remembered five years on from his departure.

In 2017, the Estonian centre-back went viral for producing a 'skill move' dubbed the 'Klavan Turn' - where he let the ball roll through his legs before turning in the other direction and running on to it.

Speaking in an interview with This is Anfield in March, Klavan explained: "Yeah, it's been around. This, this has gone a little bit viral. Yeah [I do enjoy it]!

"It was something that I did [due to] wanting to make the game quicker in that position."

Now, he is set to have another involvement with the city of Liverpool - but not in the way you might expect.

Klavan set for Eurovision role

Eurovision is being hosted in the United Kingdom for the first time since 1998, when Birmingham took charge of proceedings.

Traditionally, the winning nation from the previous year's event is assigned to be the host, but 2022 victors Ukraine announced in October that they could not do so on safety grounds due to the Russian invasion.

The UK, therefore, took up hosting duties, as a result of Sam Ryder finishing in second place in last year's contest.

That means that the 36 other countries involved in the contest will be announcing their votes directly to the Liverpool Arena on the night of the show.

Klavan has been selected as Estonia's spokesperson for the contest, meaning he will announce which countries his nation has voted for.

The Liverpool defender will therefore appear on the big screen on at least two occasions during the night - and he could even witness Estonia compete in the final of the competition.

They compete in the second semi-final, taking place on Thursday evening, with the final taking place on Saturday beginning at 8pm.

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Topics: Liverpool, Premier League