Dejan Lovren set for Roma
As confirmed by Times reporter Paul Joyce, Dejan Lovren is set to leave Liverpool this summer.
Lovren’s yet to feature for Liverpool this season, having missed out against Man City in the Community Shield and against Norwich in the Premier League.
The 30-year-old is under contract at Anfield until 2021, but he appears to be close to a 15 million pounds move to AS Roma.
AS Roma in talks with Liverpool over transfer of Dejan Lovren. Deal possible and asking price around £15m now. Lovren recognises he’s fourth choice.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) August 13, 2019
Why are Liverpool happy for Lovren to leave?
Writing in the Evening Standard, reporter David Lynch addressed that issue.
It’s believed that Jurgen Klopp is happy with his alternative options at centre-half.
That includes Fabinho, who can operate in that position if needs be, while Klopp could also turn to Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever.
Dejan Lovren out of #LFC’s Super Cup squad with “illness” as he edges closer to a £15m Anfield exit. Jürgen Klopp willing to sanction a move due to faith in Fabinho’s ability to play centre-back and youngsters Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever.https://t.co/8BkUOgSUbq
— David Lynch (@LynchStandard) August 13, 2019
Of course, Virgil Van Dijk is a mainstay at centre-half.
Joe Gomez has started alongside the Dutch international so far this season, ahead of Joel Matip.
Liverpool’s Super Cup squad vs Chelsea revealed
On Wednesday night in Istanbul, Liverpool take on Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.
Liverpool are there by virtue of their Champions League triumph, while Chelsea won the Europa League final.
The Reds have confirmed that Lovren is out of the Chelsea match due to “illness”.
Goalie Andy Lonergan is included in the squad following Alisson’s injury against Norwich.
Goalies: Adrian, Lonergan, Kelleher
Defenders: Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Matip, Hoever, Alexander-Arnold
Midfielders: Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita,Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Shaqiri, Elliott
Attackers: Firmino, Mane, Salah, Brewster, Origi
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 13, 2019
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