Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren has stated to Croatia media outlet Sportske Nowotski, as translated by Sky Sports, that he is committed to fighting for his place in the team having admitted he did think about leaving this summer, and it is exactly what fans of the Merseyside outfit want to hear.
The Croatian international was linked with a move to Roma, having given his best for the Reds since joining in 2015.
Despite the interest, and the fact he has fallen down the pecking order with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez starting games alongside Virgil van Dijk this season, he doesn’t want to accept a place on the bench.
That attitude has earned him praise from some fans, with one also pleased that the defender staying at Anfield means his strong friendship with Mo Salah will continue.
The 30-year-old endured a frustrating campaign last time out, suffering from injuries which limited him to 18 appearances, but is happy to still a Red after the club stood by him through that period and over the summer.
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Jurgen Klopp told him how much he was valued and that encouraged Lovren to stay, and as shown in the responses below, some Liverpool fans are clearly impressed with his attitude.
That's the mentality we need ?? All 3 CB should be fighting for the spot next to Virgil
— ?Amz LFC? (@96Amz) September 4, 2019
I like that about Lovren, honest assessment but he knows he is cruicial for us. Happy he’s staying even if he is 4th choice
— Jay (@junad94) September 4, 2019
I actually love him, I just wish his mistakes didn’t hold him back from the first team
— justin Ψ?? (@jvstingvzman) September 4, 2019
He seems like a big personality, that would be missed if he left . Sometimes it’s not all about what a player can do for you on the pitch.
— Jonathan Rapley ?? (@Jonrapley) September 4, 2019
Honest and straight talking – refreshing to see in these days of PR spin.
— Michael Emonds ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@michaelje67) September 4, 2019
— ° (@VastVirgil) September 5, 2019
Nowt wrong with that. Straight shooting and fair enough
— Sean McColl ? (@Sean_McColl) September 5, 2019