Liverpool open defender talks - report
By Matt Farr
Liverpool have re-opened negotiations with defender Dejan Lovren over an extended stay at the club, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that Liverpool have moved to retain the services of the experienced 27-year-old defender, after previous negotiations hit a snag earlier in the year.
Lovren still has over two years left to run on his current deal at Anfield, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to ensure that he can get one of his most reliable performers to put pen to paper on a fresh deal.
The 31-time capped Croatia international had endured a difficult start to life in Merseyside following his £20million move from Southampton in 2014.
However, he has since become one of Liverpool’s top performers, starting 20 of his 22 Premier League appearances for the club this season.
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But the defender has failed to appear in any of Liverpool’s last six league games after suffering a knee injury earlier in the new year.
Klopp is expected to recall him to the starting eleven for their upcoming Merseyside derby clash with rivals Everton on Saturday, with the German chief turning to arguably his best defensive asset to keep Romelu Lukaku at bay.
Football Insider verdict
Even though Liverpool have struggled defensively this season, Lovren has been an important player for the club. His absence has been greatly missed in recent weeks, and his potential return against Everton will come as a significant boost. But a new deal for the experienced international would be an even bigger boost for the club, although it will not completely solve their defensive issues. Klopp will still need to add another central defender to the Anfield ranks in the summer, but any new recruit will hopefully have a role to play alongside Lovren this summer as opposed to at his expense.
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