Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez among players Liverpool looking at as potential Lovren replacement – AS

Lovren’s Liverpool stint

Liverpool paid Southampton around £22m for Dejan Lovren back in 2014.

The Croatian has since gone on to feature 184 times for the Merseyside powerhouse, netting eight and assisting five in said ties.

Lovren hasn’t always been the most reliable defender, though.

The now 30-year-old has been a decent back-up option for the Reds, but his displays are sometimes fairly poor.

The latest of those questionable displays came at the back end of February, when Lovren started in Liverpool’s 3-0 loss vs relegation-battling Watford. That tie was also their first league defeat of the campaign.

But Lovren’s Anfield stint could be coming to an end in the near future.

The defender has less than 18 months left on his current deal, and it was recently reported that he was one of four Liverpool players likely to move on in the summer.

Lovren has also been linked with both Arsenal and Tottenham this month.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – DECEMBER 10: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool is injured during the Group E UEFA Champions League match between Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at Red Bull Arena on December 10, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Michael Molzar/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Liverpool eyeing new centre-back

Now, according to Spanish outlet AS, the Merseyside powerhouse are ‘casting their gaze’ across Europe as they search for a replacement for Lovren.

The same report from AS claims that Liverpool have come up with three potential candidates.

And those players are said to be Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez, Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano.

Gimenez has made 16 appearances this term, including a 14-minute cameo as Atletico knocked Liverpool out of the Champions League recently.

But it sounds as though Jurgen Klopp’s side will have to pay a substantial sum to land the Uruguayan, as AS claim that Gimenez’s current contract has a release clause of €120m.

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