Obvious reason given as Klopp pulls plug on Roma deal for Dejan Lovren

Date published: Friday 16th August 2019 2:07

Dejan Lovren: Happy to find form again

Jurgen Klopp is reported to have changed his mind over selling Dejan Lovren after telling the defender he must see out the season at Liverpool.

The Croatian’s future at Anfield has been the subject of much speculation following the emergence of Joe Gomez and the renaissance of Joel Matip over the last 12 months – sliding Lovren down to fourth choice in the center-back ranks.

At 30-years-age, Lovren is reportedly keen to ensure he enjoys regular playing time as he approaches the twilight of his career, a notion that has fuelled speculation that his ties with Liverpool may be severed.

As such, Roma had targeted a move for the World Cup finalist as a replacement for Kostas Manolas, who moved to Napoli earlier this summer, and it was reported on Thursday that personal terms had been agreed.

However, ESPN now reports that Liverpool have decided to end negotiations with Roma after the Italians failed to match the Reds’ £15m valuation and instead tried to negotiate a loan deal for the player; something that made absolutely no sense to Klopp.

It’s also suggested the German was always reluctant to cash in on the centre-half anyway, given his value to the squad and how injuries last season to Joe Gomez and Joel Matip left Liverpool having to field midfielder Fabinho as an emergency defender in the win at Brighton.

Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb, meanwhile, claim Roma’s move to sign Lovren has broken down after the player demanded a €1m signing-on fee in addition to his €3m-€4m a year wages.

Lovren was left at home for the Super Cup victory over Chelsea in Istanbul in midweek as speculation swirled around about his future.

However, with Klopp reported to have told Lovren he is staying put, the former Southampton man could return to the fold for the trip to face his former employers on Saturday afternoon.

Klopp, meanwhile, has admitted the Reds must improve defensively following some stinging criticism from pundit Graeme Souness.

 

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