Lovren explained why he stayed at Liverpool

Lovren explained why he stayed at Liverpool

Merseyside Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could have gone on loan this summer, but decided to remain in Jurgen Klopp’s team, sitting in reserve.

Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, who became the World Cup silver winner and the Champions League winner last summer with the Reds, told about his choice this summer. Instead of search of  a stable spot in the squad, the player preferred to stay on the reserve bench of Liverpool and become a replacement for van Dijk or Matip with Gomez.

After the arrival of dutchman Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool refused Lovren in the line-up. Last season, the connection of the Reds’ admiral of defense and Joel Matip allowed Alisson Becker to win the EPL Golden Glove and later become the Champions League winner. Lovren spent only 13 matches in the league in total, scored one goal and made one assist, and he spent 75 minutes per game on average on the pitch.

After the end of the transfer window, the defender told, why he remained at Liverpool and did not leave in search of a stable gaming practice in other clubs,

“Yes, I thought about leaving. I know that I always gave 100% for Liverpool, won the Champions League. I am not one of those players, who like to sit on the bench and make money.

Yes, people told me “what’s the big deal, you are in a big club, shut up and take your money.” But I don’t like to sit on the bench.

Milan got in touch with me, but Roma were the most persistent. But the negotiations came nowhere. I have no intention of moving somewhere and prove someone, who I am, how I play, am I ready, or am I not. I am a professional, I won the Champions League, the silver medalist of the World Cup, achieved great success in football. I don’t have to move on loan anywhere, so that someone could assess my qualities.”

Since last season, Lovren’s remind Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s speeches. The footballer tries to resemble him by his behavior, but at the same time Jürgen Klopp perfectly understands the level of play of the defender and puts Gomez or Matip in pair with the best center-back of the last season Champions League. In addition, in the summer, Liverpool signed the young Sepp van de Berg for the long term, so Lovren’s time is gradually running out, and his contract is valid until 2021 and is unlikely to be extended.