The confetti hadn’t even settled around Anfield when the departures of two Liverpool mainstays—Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren—were announced. Both players came from Southampton to Liverpool in the summer of 2014, and both oversaw the downfall of Brendan Rodgers and the rise of Jurgen Klopp.
Neither departure came as a surprise; both had seen their minutes fade as a combination of injuries and a better squad conspired to knock them lower down the pecking order. Lovren, in particular, only managed 20 league starts over the course of the last two seasons.
For player, fans, and club alike, the decision to leave seemed like an obvious one.
“It was tough,” Lovren said in an interview with the club’s official website. “But I think it was the right decision to go [out] on the top and look later on and tell myself it’s a good decision.
“I think I gave everything for the club, I don’t know if I could maybe give much more; I always gave everything, 100 per cent on the pitch.
“I have no regrets for anything that happened, even with some mistakes, with tears, with bad moments, bad games – everything happened for a reason. And it just made it even better now. So, I think I can be proud of everything.
It’s much easier to look back at the good moments of Lovren’s career after winning 4 trophies—including the 2 biggest ones—in the last two seasons. Indeed, it could be argued that his lowest moment, the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham in 2017, helped the club go on the run that they’ve been on since.
Of course, there’s one issue that’s on everyone’s mind: what about his best brate Mo?
“I don’t want to show too many emotions because I’ve already been crying before the last game,” Degsy continued. “They saw that I felt the emotions. Especially also leaving Mo, my good friend.
“It was something special but like I always said, it’s just the beginning of a big friendship, even when we’ll be far apart. He knows he can always call me for whatever reason, I’m always here for him.
“It’s not just Mo, it’s all the people at the club – the staff, medical staff. We’ve been like a big family, and this is why Liverpool is so big: because we care for each other. I wish everyone good luck and I want that they stay healthy. We will always be in touch.”
Lovren wasn’t the biggest factor in winning all the shiny things over the last two seasons, but he was still an important part of the squad. He can look at his winner’s medals with pride, and know that he was a big part of Liverpool’s transformation during his time here.
“You cannot imagine the emotions I still have, especially from before the last game. Liverpool lifting the trophy, unfortunately not with our fans, but we know in our hearts they have been with us from day one.
“So, I will carry this forever. Forever. I can proudly say later to my grandkids that I played for Liverpool that year when Liverpool won the Premier League. This one will never be forgotten. So I’m really proud.”
Good luck, Degsy. And we’ll always have this: