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Dejan Lovren has no regrets over £10.9m Liverpool exit despite Jurgen Klopp’s injury crisis

Dejan Lovren has revealed to The Athletic that he has no regrets over leaving Liverpool for Zenit Saint Petersburg last summer, despite Jurgen Klopp’s subsequent injury crisis.

Lovren completed a £10.9million switch to the Gazprom Arena last July having become frustrated with being the fourth-choice option, and has helped Zenit to clinch the Russian Premier League title as a regular member of Sergei Semak’s defence.

The Croatian also became a leader of the Sine-Belo-Golubye within months of his arrival, before his campaign was cut short through a muscle problem, having captained the side on several occasions.

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Chances to feature regularly could have emerged this term had Lovren decided to stay at Liverpool, with Klopp missing Virgil van Dijk to an anterior cruciate ligament injury since October, Joe Gomez to a patella tendon rupture since November and Joel Matip to thigh, back, groin and ankle problems all season.

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But Lovren does not look back on his decision to walk away from Merseyside as a mistake, as there could be no guarantees of how the season has developed.

“I don’t regret anything,” the 64-cap international said. “When I took my decision, it was the right thing to do at that moment with that state of mind. I cannot say: ‘Ah…’.

“It’s like saying after the draw has already taken place: ‘Why didn’t you circle the correct lotto numbers?’, as if you knew that was going to happen. It doesn’t work like that.”

TBR’s view:

Lovren would be forgiven for having some regrets over leaving Liverpool at the end of last season over his frustrations at being fourth-choice, to now knowing that chances to feature would have come given the misfortunes of others.

But like he acknowledges, there were no guarantees that Klopp would find himself without Van Dijk, Matip or Gomez, let alone all at the same time, and his move to Zenit has returned silverware and the chance to play frequently that he craved.

Klopp, rather, could be the one to have some regrets over sanctioning Lovren’s move to Russia, having lauded his £20m signing (Guardian) as a ‘very, very important’ part of his squad to last summer that he could have benefited from having around this season.

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