Roma set to move for £15m Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren after Croatian slips down Anfield pecking order
- Roma have been linked with a move for Dejan Lovren over the last few months
- Lovren has fallen out of favour with Jurgen Klopp preferring other options
- The Italian club are in talks with Liverpool to sign him for £15million this summer
Roma are in talks with Liverpool over a £15million move for Dejan Lovren that could end the central defender’s five-year Anfield career.
Lovren has found opportunities limited since he returned to pre-season training with Jurgen Klopp preferring the pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez with Joel Matip – whose form was outstanding towards the end of last season – the first choice replacement.
Roma have been linked with Lovren all summer but it is understood talks are underway and Liverpool would be prepared to sell the Croatia international before the European transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Roma are in talks with Liverpool over a possible £15million move for Dejan Lovren
Lovren has fallen out of favour under Jurgen Klopp and expects his chances to be limited
Lovren has been left at home for Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea, with Liverpool citing ‘illness’ as the reason for his exclusion.
Aside from van Dijk, Gomez and Matip, Liverpool signed the promising young Dutchman Sepp van der Berg from FC Zwolle in June while Fabinho also has the capacity to play in that position, as he did during a Champions League last 16 tie against Bayern Munich in February.
It would be a wrench for Lovren, who has two years remaining on his current contract, to leave the Premier League but the opportunity to kick-start his career and get regular football is something he would want to grasp.
Lovren joined Liverpool from Southampton in July 2014, racking up 170 appearances
LOVREN’S TIME AT LIVERPOOL
Premier League apps: 121
Premier League clean sheets: 53
Honours: Champions League 2018/19
He joined Liverpool from Southampton in July 2014 for £25million – which at the time was a club record for a defender – and has enjoyed some big moments, not least his header in front of The Kop which sunk Borussia Dortmund in an epic Europa League quarter-final.
Klopp and Lovren have a strong relationship but the manager recognises that 30-year-old, who played in the 2018 World Cup final, is too good to simply be someone who comes in and plays on an infrequent basis.
His situation, in some ways, is similar to goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who was was sold 10 days ago to Club Bruges for £6million having lost his place to Alisson Becker.
Lovren and Klopp have enjoyed a good relationship and he would leave on good terms