Lovren admits Liverpool exit thoughts
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren says leaving the club was a possibility during the summer but he is glad the window is now shut.
The Croatia defender has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield and was strongly linked with a move away during the summer.
Roma, AC Milan, and Bayer Leverkusen were all strongly tipped to try and take him on loan as he is now fourth choice centre-back at Anfield.
However, the window closed and no concrete offers were made, meaning he is now set to stay until at least January and fight for a place in the side with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez.
The 30-year-old has confirmed that while he is glad the transfer window is shut and the speculation has stopped for now, he is unhappy at being a backup player and wants to play more football.
“I feel relief the transfer window is closed. I got tired of reading and listening every day about me leaving or staying in Liverpool,” he told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti. “Everyone wrote ‘Dejan is here, Dejan is there’, and knew nothing! It annoyed me,”
“Yes, I did consider moving, I knew I gave my best for Liverpool, won CL and I am not kind of player that likes to be benched and earn money. Some people around me advised me “What do you care, you are in big club, shut up and take the money” But I am not happy on the bench.
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“I feel very happy because all the time I felt LFC was by me, I respect that a lot. Klopp told me ‘Listen, buddy, you are top class player, we will not let you go on loan. We need you’.
“I wanted to leave, it didn’t happen, I was told Liverpool needs me and I accepted that.”
Lovren only played 13 times in the Premier League last season and has not figured at all for Liverpool this term while his last game for the Reds was a start in their 3-2 win at Newcastle in May.
His career on Merseyside has been chequered and he has come under scrutiny in the past for making high-profile errors.
Since making the move from Southampton in 2014, he has played 170 games for Liverpool scoring seven goals.
Lovren is unlikely to play too much unless injury problems occur to the trio in front of him in the pecking order.