Tue. Aug 13th, 2019

Transfer news: Roma push to sign Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren ‘considers his English cycle closed’ as Roma push to sign Liverpool defender

  • Defender Dejan Lovren has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool 
  • The 30-year-old was not in Friday’s squad for the encounter against Norwich
  • Reports in Italy say that Lovren believes his time in England is coming to an end 

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren reportedly believes his time in England is coming to an end amid links with a move to Serie A side Roma.

Corriere dello Sport have reported that Lovren ‘considers his English cycle closed’ and ‘would be willing to lower his salary’ to seal a move to Italy. 

The Italian publication adds that Lovren may even talk with Liverpool to reduce their demands to help him secure an exit.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren reportedly believes his time in England is coming to an end

Lovren has fallen down the pecking order and did not feature in Friday's win over Norwich

Lovren has fallen down the pecking order and did not feature in Friday’s win over Norwich 

The 30-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield and wasn’t even on the bench for Friday’s Premier League opener against Norwich. 

Joel Matip kept him out the side on Liverpool’s run to Champions League glory last season and Joe Gomez started alongside Virgil van Dijk in Friday’s 4-1 victory over the Premier League new boys. 

The Croatia international has been plying his trade in the Premier League since 2013, when Southampton signed him from Lyon.

So impressive was his first season on the south coast that Liverpool, then managed by Brendan Rodgers, swooped to sign him in a £20m transfer.

Lovren has struggled to establish himself as Virgil van Dijk's main partner in defence

Lovren has struggled to establish himself as Virgil van Dijk’s main partner in defence 

Lovren has made 170 appearances for Liverpool since arriving in 2014, scoring seven goals.

It remains to be seen, however, if Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would be prepared to navigate the season with three out-and-out centre-backs. 

Fabinho deputised there last season, while Liverpool signed highly-rated 17-year-old Sepp van den Berg from Ajax in the summer.

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