Biography

Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren is a Croatian footballer currently at Liverpool FC. Find out more about Dejan in our in-depth biography

Liverpool FC star Dejan Lovren Photo: Dejan Lovren / Instagram

Dejan Lovren is a Croatian footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Liverpool FC.

The centre-half started his professional career at Dinamo Zagreb in 2006.

French club Lyon signed Lovren from the Croatian team in £7m deal in January 2010. His performances in Ligue 1 earned him a move to Southampton in 2013.

Dejan’s impressive debut season in the Premier League secured him a £20m switch to Liverpool FC in 2014.

Lovren made his Croatia debut in 2009 before he went on to feature for his national team at the 2014 World Cup.

He has scored two goals in 37 games for Croatia.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 8 July 1991
Age: 29 years old
Place of birth: Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nationality: Croatian
Height: 188cm / 6ft 2ins
Weight: 84kg / 185 lbs
Wages: £100,000 a week
Transfer value: £20 million
Shirt number: 6

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Dinamo Zagreb

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Lovren joined Croatian team Dinamo Zagreb in 2004.

He made his debut against Varteks Varazdin in 2006 but Dinamo opted to send Dejan on a two-season long loan to Inter Zapresic.

His performances on loan earned him a place in the Dinamo Zagreb upon his return to the Croatian giants.

Lovren scored four goals in 60 appearances between 2008 and 2010.

Lyon

Lyon signed Lovren in a £7m deal from Zagreb in January 2010.

Dejan made his debut in Lyon’s 2-1 loss to AS Monaco in the Coupe de France on 24 January. He made his first Ligue 1 appearance in a 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain a week later.

He was largely used in a substitute role but established himself as a regular in the Lyon starting XI throughout the 2010-11 season.

His first goal for Lyon came in a 4-3 loss to Benfica in the Champions League in November.

Lovren was part of the Lyon team that won the Coupe de France in a 1–0 win over Quevilly in May 2012.

Dejan scored three times in 102 appearances in all competitions during three and a half seasons at Lyon.

Southampton

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Lovren moved to Southampton in an £8.5m deal from Lyon in June 2013.

The Croatian defender signed a four-year contract with the Premier League club.

He quickly established an impressive partnership with Jose Fonte at the centre of Southampton’s defence.

Dejan’s debut came in a 1-0 win over West Brom in the Premier League on 17 August 2013.

His first goal for the Saints proved to be the winner in a 1-0 victory over Liverpool FC at Anfield a month later.

Lovren netted for the second time in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland before he suffered ankle ligament damage to keep him sidelined for six weeks.

He finished the season with two goals and one assist in 31 appearances in the Premier League. His performances earned him plenty of praise. Lovren was widely considered one of the best defenders in the English top flight.

Liverpool FC

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Liverpool FC boss Brendan Rodgers signed Lovren in a £20m deal from Southampton in July 2014.

Ironically, Dejan made his Liverpool FC debut in a 2-1 win against former club Southampton on 21 August 2014.

He opened his Reds account with the winner in a 2-1 victory over Swansea City in the League Cup one month later.

Lovren struggled to replicate his Southampton form in a Liverpool FC shirt and attracted criticism for his performances against Basel and Besiktas in Europe.

Dejan’s first season at Liverpool FC saw the defender make 22 starts and four substitute appearances in the Premier League.

Rodgers made Lovren his first-choice defender at the start of the 2015-16 but Liverpool FC changed management in October with the appointment of Jurgen Klopp.

He made his second Premier League start under Klopp in Liverpool FC’s 4-1 win at Manchester City in November 2015.

Lovren managed to retain his spot in the Liverpool FC team until he suffered an injury problem in early February. He missed their League Cup final defeat at Wembley.

He completed 90 minutes of Liverpool FC’s 3-1 loss to Sevilla in the Europa League final.

Dejan scored one goal in 42 appearances in the 2015-16 season.

Liverpool FC signed Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan in the 2016 summer transfer window to provide Lovren with more competition.

He started the season alongside Matip.

Dejan scored in Liverpool FC’s 2-1 win against Chelsea FC in the Premier League in September.

A month later, he was on the score sheet again in a 4-2 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Lovren signed a new four-year contract with Liverpool FC in April 2017 after he reportedly agreed to a £100,000-a-week deal.

The defender scored two goals and made one assist in 37 games in all competitions in the 2016-17 season.

Dejan scored his first goal of the 2017-18 campaign in a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in December.

Liverpool FC signed Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk from Lovren’s former club Southampton in the January transfer window in 2018.

The Dutch defender was credited with bringing out the best in Lovren.

The Croatian defender produced brilliant performances in both legs of Liverpool FC’s 5-1 aggregate win against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals.

He started in Liverpool FC’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

International career

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Slaven Bilic called up Lovren to the Croatia national team in 2009.

He made his debut for his country against Qatar in a friendly on 8 November 2009.

Dejan scored his first goal for Croatia in a 3-1 win against Malta in their Euro 2012 qualifier on 2 September 2011.

His netted for the second time in a 2-1 win against Wales in the World Cup qualifier in March 2013.

Lovren represented Croatia at the 2014 World Cup but conceded a penalty in his first game as Brazil emerged 3-1 winners.

He started their next two group games: 4-0 win over Cameroon and 3-1 loss to Mexico.

Lovren has scored two goals in 37 games for Croatia.

Personal life

Lovren was born to Croatian parents in the city of Zenica, SFR Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina).

However, his family moved to Germany when he was three.

He spent seven years in Germany and Lovren became a proficient German speaker – now the native tongue of his manager, Klopp.

Interesting facts about Dejan Lovren

Photo: Dejan Lovren / Instagram

• Lovren scored his first Southampton goal against Liverpool FC at Anfield on September 21 2013. It proved to be the winning goal.

• In a twist of fate, Lovren made his first appearance for Liverpool FC in a victory over former club Southampton 11 months later.

• Lovren made his debut for GNK Dinamo Zagreb against Inter Zapresic at the age of 16.

• Dejan has represented his country at every level from under-17 to the senior side.

• He won the Croatian First Football League twice and the Croatian Football Cup during his spell at Dinamo Zagreb.

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