Dejan Lovren wants to come to Liverpool. Liverpool want Dejan Lovren. Liverpool have already bought two players from Southampton in this transfer window. Southampton have lost three key players to date. Mauricio Pochettino left Southampton to become the manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Ronad Koeman replaced Pochettino and would probably like to keep some of the best players left at the club. If Southampton sell another key player, it may have to be for quite a ridiculous sum to justify such a sale but according to Dejan Lovren the issue is quite simple.
Reports have been flying around early on Sunday that Dejan Lovren has been speaking about his potential transfer to Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers' first choice for centre back is adamant that a move must be completed. The goal for Lovren is to secure a place in Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side but one enormous obstacle must be hurdled first. Rumours of bids have been confirmed by Lovren himself who is probably breaking some disciplinary procedures by speaking to a Croatian website about this somewhat unpleasant affair.
Liverpool sent a 20 million offer and they [Southampton] paid nine million for me, so they would've earned twice the amount. At this point, I don't know what I'll do and I don't like it. It was unbelievable that a few days ago I had an offer of 20 million pounds. It was in the morning and by the afternoon the club had said I was not for sale. Frankly, my head is already at Liverpool. Liverpool sent the offer and the club haven't informed me. Not even about the subsequent Liverpool bids. That wasn't right. I found out about the bid from other people which disappointed me and I realised I've got no business staying at Southampton.
There's more and it gets quite gruesome for Southampton fans. Lovren doesn't know who "the main man at the club is anymore" and doesn't think "they'll get" the £25 million fee the South Coast club is asking for. The Croatian international defender comments on how his move to Southampton may have been a surprise but ambition was the cornerstone of his move, something that is no longer present. The departures of Nicola Cortese and Mauricio Pochettino were also cited as key reasons for Lovren's desire to leave, which were a blow for a club that had such a commendable Premier League season in 2013-2014.
The World Cup 2014 participant was a promising defender at Lyon who was constantly linked with moves to Champions League level clubs in the Premier League and across Europe. Lovren struggled with maintaining consistency and discipline during games for Lyon but he was a young centre back with undoubted talent. One of Southampton's most impressive performers may have the opportunity to show how far he's come at a club where pressure and expectancy is part of daily life for all players featuring regularly. He turned 25 yesterday and he should be headed into his peak years. After these comments, it is clear that Lovren's departure is inevitable and the actual fee and scheduling of payments will delay his arrival at Liverpool.
Lovren appears to be in love with the idea of moving to a club with history and status: "Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world. Only Real Madrid have as many fans around the world. The last time I played at Anfield, I got chills when I heard 'You'll Never Walk Alone.' I would like to listen to it all the time." This is one man determined to come to Anfield by hook or by crook.