Dejan Lovren is staying at Liverpool, leaving them with their best centre-back options in decades.
Sky Sports claim that Jurgen Klopp won’t sanction any move away for Lovren. That decision comes after links with the best of Serie A – AS Roma, AC Milan, and Juventus all supposedly want the Croatian according to Sky.
But Lovren will stay and it leaves an unusual situation for Liverpool. They’re not used to real squad depth – Klopp utilises a small squad – but they have four quality options now.
There’s Virgil van Dijk, probably the best defender in the world. Joel Matip, a player who has come on leaps and bounds in 12 months, becoming a top-quality option.
There’s Joe Gomez, too, who would be second choice if not for Matip’s form. Regardless, he’s one of the brightest young centre-backs around.
Lovren, a £20m signing from Southampton five years ago, rounds them off, even if there were some bonuses to a potential sale. He’s a player capable of defending in the biggest games, as he did when helping the Reds to the 2018 Champions League final.
When did Liverpool last have defensive options like that? Four players, all experienced in Champions League finals, all capable of handling the best.
You have to go all the way back to 1983 to see anything comparable at Anfield. Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson, Phil Thompson and Gary Gillespie were a collective capable of winning the league, European Cup, and League Cup.
Now that Lovren is staying, the Reds have another set of options who can aim for something similar.