Estonia captain Ragnar Klavan is on the verge of sealing a £4.2m move from Augsburg to Liverpool.
The 30-year-old has allegedly been sought to provide injury relief to the Reds’ centre-back department after Mamadou Sakho was struck down by an Achilles complaint.
But based on the defensive figures Klavan’s soon-to-be-former employers posted last term, it may well transpire the 108-cap international offers more competition than cover to those manning the Merseysiders’ rearguard.
Despite finishing 12th in the Bundesliga, Augsburg recorded the third-largest number of clean sheets of any team in the German top flight.
Their 11 shut outs was topped only by Bayern Munich (20), Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin (all 13), with three coming in the final five matches of the campaign to ensure survival.
Klavan was present and correct when all of these clean sheets were recorded, while he missed just one of their 13 wins across all competitions.
The Estonian was also on hand to keep Liverpool at bay in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie, where he held firm to deny a Reds attack armed with their three finest forwards – Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge.
Augsburg’s goalless draw against Jurgen Klopp’s men in Germany was followed up with a 1-0 defeat at Anfield that resulted in their elimination from the competition.
However, an early James Milner penalty was the only route they could find through a Klavan-helmed backline, as the esteemed front three of Coutinho, Firmino and Sturridge once again lacked the tools to make the necessary incisions.
The Premier League doesn’t boast many attacking triumvirates as fearsome as this one and having successfully stifled them on more than one occasion, Liverpool’s newest recruit is sure to prove a shrewd purchase.
A price of 9/1 says the Reds win the title next term.