Liverpool transfers: Red suffer Dejan Lovren setback

Liverpool transfers: Ronald Koeman insists that Southampton have no intention of selling Dejan Lovren

Southampton defender Dejan Lovren Photo: Fifa

Ronald Koeman has insisted that Southampton have no intention of selling Dejan Lovren this summer, despite the defender saying his “head is already at Liverpool.”

The Croatia international has been heavily linked with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur throughout the summer, with Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana already having left the Saints to move to Anfield.

I want to keep Dejan in the team because he is an important player

Ronald Koeman

But Southampton boss Koeman is adamant that the club do not need to cash in on any more players ahead of next season.

“We sold three players – that’s good enough money,” said Koeman. “Now we will keep the rest and we will continue with what we did last season.”

He continued: “I spoke to Dejan twice and he was very clear about his situation. I want to keep all the good players – I want to keep Dejan in the team because he is an important player.

“We have to do what the best is for the club. He has a contract, he has to come back this Sunday but I don’t know what will happen after this.

“It’s football and there is a lot of movement, but first of all we like to keep all that information in the club and not in the press.

“That was not a good thing from his side – I wasn’t happy with his comments in the press. That is not good for the club, for the rest of the players or for himself, and we will speak about whether to fine him or not.”

The 25-year-old Lovren has proven a big hit in the Premier League following his £9m move from Lyon last summer, scoring three goals in 32 appearances in all competitions for the south coast club.

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