Sale of Dejan Lovren to AC Milan would be a costly mistake from Liverpool

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

According to Italian newspaper TuttoSport, as reported by the Daily Mail, AC Milan have reignited their interest in Dejan Lovren.

What’s the word?

The Croatia international has worked his way back into the Reds’ starting line-up after an injury-hit few months, and will likely be determined to impress in order to retain his place in the side.

Milan were reportedly keen on Lovren in the summer but a reported asking price of £20m deterred them from taking the deal any further, with the player also stating that he didn’t want to leave and keen on staying and fighting for his place.

TuttoSport report that Milan’s vulnerability at the back – with Mattia Caldara injured – has led them to turn their attention to the Reds’ defender, and should they submit a bid around £20m it is possible that Liverpool will choose to let him go, though that would be the wrong decision to make.

Strength in depth

Liverpool’s starting line-up may be among the best in the league but they will only be able to sustain their title bid if they keep the strength in depth at their disposal.

Joel Matip has enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign yet the news that he will spend six weeks out injured is not too severe a blow, and that’s because the Reds have two good options in Lovren and Joe Gomez to call upon.

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Each player has struggled at times in recent matches, but that is to be expected given their injury woes and time spent out of favour. If they can find their best form they should be able to help their team to continue picking up wins.

Klopp could possibly stand in the way of any departure anyway, having previously told Lovren that he needs him in his squad because he is “top-class”, per Sportske Novosti (via Metro), and judging by the way they embraced each other against Spurs post-match, the German clearly has admiration for him.

Joe Gomez has to replace Joel Matip

Agree

Agree

Disagree, Lovren should play

Disagree, Lovren should play

The 30-year-old has come in and helped his teams to wins in both the league and cup, and given Liverpool are likely to play 50+ matches this season, it is important that each player in the squad makes his own contribution.

Selling him could have negative ramifications as it would leave the Reds with just three senior central defenders.

Klopp should avoid selling him at all costs.

Article title: Sale of Dejan Lovren to AC Milan would be a costly mistake from Liverpool

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