Southampton boss hits out at Liverpool target

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman believes that Dejan Lovren has gone about pushing a move to Liverpool the wrong way and that he is expected back for pre-season training.

The Croatian centre-back is understood to have requested a transfer away from St Mary’s Stadium after just one year at the club, and is thought to have been angered by the Saints’ decision to reject a £20m offer for his signature from the Anfield giants.

Lovren said shortly after the episode that his “head is already at Liverpool” and that he would not be meeting up with Southampton for training following his World Cup exploits.

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Koeman – who recently took over from Mauricio Pochettino on the South Coast – feels that the 24-year-old has behaved badly, and that he expects him to be committed to the club:

“I spoke to Dejan five days ago. He said it’s a difficult situation and he will have another talk to his agent and the club.” He is quoted by talkSPORT.

“Dejan Lovren has a contract. He has to come back this Sunday. I do not know what will happen after this.

“We want to keep all that information in private and not in the press. That was not a good thing on his side.”

Southampton have already let captain Adam Lallana, top scorer from last season Rickie Lambert and promising defender Luke Shaw leave, but Koeman insists that his side are not a “selling club”:

“We are not a selling club. We would like to keep the rest of our good players and bring better players in.”