In an interview with Croatian media outlet Sportske Novosti, Dejan Lovren admitted he was keen on leaving Liverpool during this summer’s transfer window.
The experienced defender fell down the pecking order behind UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk, a revitalized Joel Matip and the young but very talented Joe Gomez. Despite being advised by people around him that he should keep quiet, stay at a big club and get well paid for sitting on the bench, that is a position he was not that willing to come to terms with.
He was linked first with AC Milan and then most heavily with AS Roma, but neither move happened and he remains a Liverpool player. As the transfer window is now officially closed around Europe, manager Jurgen Klopp told Lovren he understood him, but that he now needs to “reset his head”, and that his services are still needed at Anfield. That was the reason why a loan offer for the 30-year-old was not accepted.
Lovren’s name is on the list of players included in Liverpool’s Champions League squad as they prepare to try and defend the trophy this season.
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