According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool are willing to consider acceptable offers for defender Dejan Lovren. Serie A clubs Roma and AC Milan are thought to hold an interest in the Croatian centre-back. The Reds are said to be willing to part with the 30-year-old in exchange for €15 million (£13.9 million), with bonuses that could bring the final total up to €20 million.
Lovren arrived at Anfield from Southampton in 2014. Since then he has made 170 appearances for the Merseyside outfit. Last season he was part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad as Liverpool claimed their Champions League triumph. However, he has gradually slipped down the pecking order during the German coach’s time at the helm. Lovren currently finds himself behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the queue for a starting spot.
For Lovren, a fresh start may be in order. At this stage in his career, the 53-cap Croatia international will certainly be keen to be playing regularly. What’s more, a departure looks possible given Liverpool have apparently set their asking price.
Lovren’s days at Liverpool may be numbered. However, Klopp would be taking a risk in allowing the defender to leave. Whilst Lovren isn’t the most talented player in the world, he does offer reliable, experienced back up. Given that the Reds will be hoping to compete seriously in a number competitions this season, having good squad depth could prove crucial. Lovren currently provides that depth.
Leaving may well be in Lovren’s best interests, but Liverpool would be better served by retaining his services. Therefore, unless the defender opts to make his position untenable by pushing for a move, Klopp should consider rejecting any bids for the Croatian.