Liverpool had a typically impressive summer transfer window. The Reds brought in Kostas Tsimikas to cover for Andy Robbo, Diogo Jota to cover for the front three and Thiago to to elevate the creativity of the midfield. They did, however, sell a centre back without replacing him. John Aldridge has said the decision to sell Dejan Lovren was “unfortunate”.
To Russia with Lov
Yeah, still don’t care, I will run this subheading into the ground. To Russia with Lov. Get it? Ah, never mind.
Over the summer Liverpool sold Dejan Lovren to Zenit in a £10.9m deal.
The Croatian had slipped down the pecking order at Anfield with Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk ahead of him.
Given that he is a World Cup finalist it made sense for him to move on in pursuit of first team football, he’s far too good to be left wasted on the bench.
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Aldridge on Lovren sale
Writing in his Liverpool ECHO column, Anfield icon John Aldridge pondered the sale of Dejan Lovren in light of the recent injury to Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutchman has been ruled out for the season due to the injury sustained at Goodison Park when Jordan Pickford flew in recklessly at the defender’s knees. Aldridge wrote:
“It’s a bit unfortunate now that we let Dejan Lovren go because even though you always felt he had the odd mistake in him, he would have been useful to have as back up but we haven’t and will have to make the best of it.”
What RTK has to say
Well, we couldn’t predict the future. However, the decision not to sign a fourth choice centre back has come to haunt the Reds.
Jürgen Klopp has protested that it’s impossible to have four world class centre halves as one of them will always be left out of the squad for months on end.
That is a fair enough point, though we could’ve invested in a younger defender who would’ve been content with cup appearances and biding his time.
We can’t change this now so there’s little point dwelling on it. Fingers crossed we’ll have an incoming defender lined up for January 1st.