Former Kop defender Mark Wright thinks that Liverpool may have overpaid for Dejan Lovren.
The Croatian centre-back became the Reds’ fifth arrival, and third from Southampton, of the summer yesterday after a £20m fee was settled with the Saints.
Lovren has been heavily linked with a switch to Anfield for some time, even declaring that his head was “already at Liverpool” weeks ago amid talk that he’d submitted an official transfer request.
The 25-year-old only spent one season on the South Coast, but his impact was so great that the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham also chased his services.
Liverpool’s major source of concern last term was their defensive recorded – 50 goals conceded in 38 Premier League games – and although Wright believes that Lovren will boost Brendan Rodgers’ options, he thinks that his value may be a little too high:
“Dejan Lovren looks a decent enough player and if there is one position Liverpool needed to address [it’s centre-back].” He told talkSPORT.
“They concede too many goals from set-pieces last season and they conceded a lot of silly goals, if they hadn’t the title might have been theirs and probably should have been theirs. And they’re addressing that by getting this lad in.
“Is he the answer? Time will tell but one thing I do know is that Brendan Rodgers is very thorough. The most important thing is shutting the backdoor and they’ve gone for this lad, but for one good season £20million seems a heck of a lot of money.”