Liverpool will once again try and sign defender Dejan Lovren in the summer, reports the Mirror.

The Reds missed out on the centre-back in the summer, when the Croatian decided to join Southampton instead. Lovren ended up scoring in Southampton’s victory at Anfield in September, the last time the Reds lost a game at Anfield.

The 24-year-old has played a crucial part in Southampton’s strong season, linking up well with Jose Fonte to create a strong barrier at St. Mary’s. The defender has made 25 appearances for the Saints, most recently in the club’s 4-0 victory over Newcastle on the weekend.

Lovren left Lyon for £8.5million in the summer, with Liverpool the club everybody expected him to join. But the Croatian moved to Southampton, before Brendan Rodgers eventually signed Mamadou Sakho, also from Ligue 1. But with Kolo Toure out of the first team, Rodgers is ready to replace the ageing Ivorian with Dejan Lovren.

The Reds look certain to be playing Champions League football next season, and the Northern Irish manager wants to increase his squad to handle the extra midweek matches. And whilst the club are in the middle of a title challenge, Rodgers has still made time to draw up a shortlist of transfer targets, with Lovren near the top of the pile.

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