Liverpool have reportedly pulled out of a deal to sell Dejan Lovren, a sensible decision after recent events.
The Liverpool Echo say that a potential £13.9m move to AS Roma is off. The Reds made the decision to keep Lovren after growing frustrated with Roma’s approach, including what they saw as attempts to unsettle the defender.
But in light of the recent goalkeeper ‘crisis’, it’s probably a good thing that it came to this.
Liverpool do have plenty of options at centre-back. There’s Lovren, at fourth-choice, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, and Virgil van Dijk. It may well be Liverpool’s most well-stocked position, alongside central midfield.
The problem is that Gomez is also cover at right-back and, potentially, left-back. That means that a couple of injuries to the wrong players and Liverpool are limited.
Say Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip are out. Well, Gomez could cover one of those – maybe right-back – and then Lovren would come in for Matip.
Without Lovren, however, things look tougher. Who comes in then? Fabinho? Then there’s a shuffle in midfield. Perhaps Sepp van den Berg or Ki-Jana Hoever could step up. While there’s exciting potential there, it does suddenly look risky after the goalkeeper issues.
And so, Lovren may stay, a decision that may benefit Liverpool more than their fourth-choice defender in the end. But if it makes things simpler for Liverpool, it’s hard to argue with it.