Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has stated outright that he wanted to leave Anfield this summer and explained why Jurgen Klopp didn’t let him go.
He said: “I got tired of reading and listening every day about me leaving or staying. Everyone wrote ‘Dejan is here, Dejan is there’, and knew nothing. It annoyed me. I am not happy on the bench.
“Klopp told me, ‘we will not let you go on loan’. I wanted to leave, it didn’t happen, I was told Liverpool needs me and I accepted that. Last week I spoke to Klopp, he said ‘I want you to reset your head, I find you important’.”
TBR’s View – Laporte’s injury shows how quickly defensive landscape can change
Manchester City have the strongest squad in the country and even they look to have been rocked somewhat by the injury sustained by Aymeric Laporte at the weekend.
Lovren is at present fourth choice centre-half and perhaps not a player many Liverpool fans would want to guide them through a title race.
But one injury could change all that and selling Lovren without a replacement would have left Liverpool exposed in the event of one defensive injury.
Even with Lovren there last season, Liverpool were pressed into using Fabinho at centre half once or twice, so it’s wise to keep him in just in case the worst happens.