leaves Liverpool after six-year stint with £11m move to Zenit

Liverpool have confirmed has left the club to join Zenit St Petersburg in a deal believed to be around £11million.

Lovren, who joined Liverpool back in 2014, has completed a move to the Russian champions having crowned his six-year spell at Anfield with a Premier League trophy last week.

The 31-year-old was keen to leave the club in search of regular first-team football last summer, with several Serie A sides said to be interested in him.

However, a deal failed to materialise, and the Croatian remained at Liverpool for the 2019/20 campaign, which saw him make 15 appearances in all competitions.

Lovren was a mainstay in the Liverpool back-line for much of his time at the club, but soon found himself down the pecking order with the likes of , and preferred over him.

It’s no surprise then that he opted to leave the club, despite their extraordinary success over the last two years, with Zenit able to offer him a starting berth in their defence.

Lovren is believed to have signed a three-year contract with the six-time Russian Premier League winners, who will be in next year’s Champions League.

Following confirmation of the move, Reds manager said: “Another Liverpool legend who leaves the club, because he was absolutely a very, very important part of this team from the first day since I was in.

“I remember when we played with Dortmund against Liverpool in the pre-season friendly and Dejan scored with a header with incredible power. That was the image I had in my mind when I came here, and I thought about the defenders we had at the time.

Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah
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“He played super games and scored one of the most important goals of our history in the 4-3 against Borussia Dortmund; a really wonderful moment to share.

“He had so many good games. Yes, I think he will not like the game when I took him off in the first half, but it is part of football and part of development – and he always came back. When he was fit, he was very, very, very often in the team. A great player and a great person.

“Yesterday we said, ”Who is now the best friend of Mo?” because they were really real, real bezzies. They were really close, and that’s the thing: we will miss him.

“He is a model athlete, has everything you need, and now he goes to Russia, but he can come back always – he will always be welcome because he is a really nice guy.”

Lovren made 185 appearances in all competitions during his six years – scoring eight goals, including a famous winner against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League back in 2016.

The Reds will undoubtedly be looking for a replacement, with the likes of Schalke’s Ozan Kabak and Brighton’s Ben White both linked with a possible move in recent weeks.

Should the Reds decide not to splash the cash on a new centre-back, the likes of and could be asked to fill in instead.

But at just 18, it’s unlikely the youngsters will be given the responsibility on a full-time basis.

Another option is Nat Phillips, who has impressed on loan at Stuttgart this season. The 23-year-old was recalled briefly during an injury crisis in January before resuming his spell back in Germany.

Dejan Lovren leaves Liverpool after six-year stint with £11m move to Zenit

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