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Lovren’s Contract To Be Signed Before End of Season

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The centre-back’s current contract runs through 2019.

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Dejan Lovren, presumably still feeling chuffed from his performance on Saturday, has confirmed that talks to extend his contract with Liverpool are actually going forward.

“Progress (on the contract) is going on and I'd say that hopefully everything will be clear in the next month,” Lovren said after the 3-1 victory against Everton. “Like I've said many times about my future, I'm really happy here. I'm settled after everything that happened in the beginning.”

Lovren had a shaky start when he first joined the club in 2014, but has since turned into an incredibly valuable player under Jürgen Klopp. This season’s been a rough one, however, with Lovren having had to contend with several injuries. Saturday was a good reminder of how good it is to have him on the field.

“I've been working hard, it's been quite tough for me to come back,” Lovren said. “For a month I didn't even train and then when I was back with the team, it wasn't so easy.

“But we defended really well together against Everton and I'm happy about that.”

Contract negotiations between Lovren’s people and Liverpool’s people had stalled earlier, and limbo is never a great state to be in. The fact that they’re now moving forward means Lovren can go back to concentrating on what’s most important: his performance and the club’s success.

“I just want to improve every day here, show my quality, and give my best for the club.”