Ragnar Klavan: A lot of memories came back - it was nice to relive them
Ragnar Klavan revealed his emotions took over on Saturday afternoon as he returned to Anfield with Liverpool FC Legends.
The defender helped Sir Kenny Dalglish’s outfit to a 2-0 victory over Celtic Legends during the LFC Foundation charity contest, presented by AXA Health and brought to you in association with Forever Reds.
Steven Gerrard’s first-half penalty kick, followed by Mark Gonzalez’s low strike in the second period, sealed a hard-fought win for the Reds.
Klavan – who departed the club in 2018 after a two-year spell and 53 appearances – admitted it was a joy to return to Anfield and see supporters once more.
“I’m surprised how many people came out to see the old legs!” Klavan told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.
“It was so nice to be back and to hear You’ll Never Walk Alone. Also it was a great atmosphere with the Celtic fans as well – it was a great afternoon.
“It was nice to be on good grass again. The emotions took over and adrenaline and everything [else] – it was nice to run around, yes.
“To walk out [for the] first time from the locker room into Anfield and to [make] the trip together with the legends team – a lot of memories came back. It was nice to relive them again.”
He added: “It was really nice to be part of it. When I’m called, I will be ready to come again.”
Klavan was among the players to complete a pre-match session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the LFC Foundation fixture.
On his impressions of the facility, which the Reds squad moved to after his departure, the Estonian said: “I think Melwood was also high level, but the connection between the young players was not there.
“I see the big possibilities that the AXA Training Centre has, the young players can also see the big players coming in, and they can smell the atmosphere and dream a little bit higher and bigger. That is a really good thing.”
- All proceeds raised from the game will support a range of LFC Foundation's and partner charities' programmes. Fans can make a donation via liverpoolfc.com/donate.