Dejan Lovren: What Jurgen Klopp told me about my Liverpool FC situation
Dejan Lovren opens up about his situation at Liverpool FC after he ended up staying at Anfield
Dejan Lovren has insisted that he is ready to fight for his place in the Liverpool FC team after failing to secure a transfer away from Anfield.
The Croatia international was strongly linked with a move away from Anfield this summer, with both AS Roma and AC Milan credited with an interest in the central defender.
However, a move failed to materialise and Lovren ended up remaining as a Liverpool FC player as the European transfer window closed this week.
Lovren has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield since the arrival of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January 2018.
The 30-year-old defender is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League for the Reds this season, with Joel Matip and Van Dijk performing well in central defence for the Reds.
Lovren has now lifted the lid on his conversations with manager Jurgen Klopp in recent days and has explained how he is ready to fight for his place in the first-team at Anfield.
Speaking in an interview quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Lovren said: “Yes, I did consider the move, I knew I gave my best for Liverpool and won the Champions League, and I am not kind of player that likes to be benched and earn money.
“Yes, some people around me advised me ‘what do you care, you are in big club, shut up and take the money’, but I am not happy sitting on the bench.
“Milan contacted me but Roma was most persistent, but the negotiations didn’t go well. I don’t want to go somewhere and prove someone who I am and how do I play and am I ready or not.
“I am a professional, I have won the Champions League, won a World Cup silver medal, I achieved big things in football and don’t deserve to go anywhere on loan and to have someone checking me and my quality.
“I feel very happy because all the time I felt Liverpool was by me, and I respect that a lot. Klopp told me: ‘Listen, buddy, you are top-class player, we will not let you go on loan. We need you’.
“Yes, when he told me that, it was unclear to me because I know currently I am in worst position of all centre-backs in the team. But there will be a lot of matches, some injuries are possible too… I wanted to leave, it didn’t happen, I was told Liverpool needs me and I accepted that. It was not meant to be for me to leave.
“Last week I spoke to Klopp again, he told me he understands me, knows I am not happy, but he also said: ‘Look, now it is finished, I want you to reset your head, I find you important’.
“I feel I am in my prime age, in great shape, mentally ready and you can not buy experience. Not many players have played in the World Cup final and Champions League final as me.
“That is why Liverpool wouldn’t let me go on loan. You have to pay to get quality and not go somewhere and prove something to someone.”
Liverpool FC have made a perfect start to the new season, winning all four of their opening Premier League games to leave them two points clear at the top of the table.
The Reds will return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Newcastle United at home.