Italian news outlet Calciomercato claims that Dejan Lovren might stay at Liverpool this summer due to Jurgen Klopp’s admiration of his leadership qualities.

The Croatian returned to pre-season training last week and will travel to the United States as part of the Reds’ contingent that will train and play Stateside for a couple of weeks.

As things stand, he seems likely to remain a Liverpool player for next season and this has a lot to do with how highly Klopp thinks of him.

Dejan Lovren.

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The German, according to Calciomercato, believes Lovren’s leadership is important for Liverpool and while he’s not a regular, the boss wants him at Anfield for as long as possible.

AC Milan are reportedly keen on recruiting the former Southampton no.6 but have yet to match the €25m (£22.4m) that the Reds believe he is worth.

 

A couple of years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find a Liverpool supporter that would be happy with Klopp turning down offers for Lovren but with the 30-year-old now fourth choice in the centre back pecking order, that is no longer the case.

Dejan Lovren.

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As long as Lovren isn’t starting regularly, he can be a valuable player to have and is probably the best fourth choice centre back in the Premier League.

Liverpool are targetting their first league title in three decades and unfortunately, Lovren doesn’t have the quality or concentration to add value on a regular basis.

If he ends the season with around 20 appearances in all competitions, you won’t find fans complaining too much.

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