Dejan speaks out on why summer transfer didn’t happen
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has spoken out about why he failed to find a move over the summer, despite being unhappy with his current position.
Lovren was heavily linked with a move away from the Reds, having not featured that often last season.
With Liverpool lifting the Champions League trophy, Lovren only played three times during their European campaign.
The Croatian also only featured 13 times in the Premier League.
That led to links with Serie A side Roma, but a move failed to materialise.
Now, Lovren has revealed why he didn’t get his summer move.
Liverpool stand firm over loan bid
Speaking to Sportske Novosti, as cited by the Liverpool Echo, Lovren revealed that Liverpool would not let him leave on loan.
The player accepted that decision, claiming that ‘you have to pay to get quality’.
“Milan contacted me but Roma was most persistent, but the negotiations didn’t go well,” Lovren explained.
“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 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.”
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Klopp backs Lovren
Lovren also revealed what Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been saying to him over the summer.
The defender claims that Klopp understood his frustration, but now wants Lovren to reset his head.
“I feel very happy because all the time I felt Liverpool was by me, and I respect that a lot,” Lovren continued.
“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’.