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3rd Apr, 2017 | 9:04am

Talks ongoing: Defender hopes to agree Liverpool deal 'in the next month'

By Matt Bullin

Liverpool’s Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren has claimed that he is close to signing a contract extension after the Reds’ 3-1 win over derby rivals Everton.

Liverpool’s win came courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi, while youngster Matthew Pennington netted for the Blues.

The result means Liverpool have now taken 10 points from a possible 12 and sit third – six points clear of Manchester United in fifth.

Lovren made his first appearance since January in the win as he returned following a knee injury.

The Croatian played well on his comeback and was picked ahead of Ragnor Klavan to partner Joel Matip in the centre of defence.

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The 27-year-old’s current contract runs until the summer of 2019, but he has now revealed to the Liverpool Echo that talks of an extension are underway.

He said: “Progress [on the contract] is going on and I’d say that hopefully everything will be clear in the next month.

“Like I’ve said many times about my future, I’m really happy here. I’m settled after everything that happened in the beginning.”

Lovren had a difficult start to life at Anfield after a £20million move from Southampton, but since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival he has enjoyed a new lease of life.

The Croatian has become part of Liverpool’s first choice centre-back pairing alongside Joel Matip and has made 24 league and cup appearances this season.

He has also netted twice, and Liverpool will be hoping that his return to fitness sees him put in some good performances as the Reds push for a top-four finish.

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