'You're joking' - Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Lovren's new contract
By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool fans have aired their dismay on Twitter on Friday morning after the club announced that centre-back Dejan Lovren had agreed “a new long-term contract” with the side.
The 27-year-old has been a part of the Merseyside giants for three years after joining from Southampton in the summer of 2014 for a £20million fee.
The Croatia international still had two years remaining on his contract at the club and on Friday the club revealed on the official Liverpool website that they had secured his future.
✍ Liverpool FC can today announce Dejan Lovren has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 28, 2017
This news however has not been received well by the Liverpool fan base on social media and many feel that he is one of the major weak links in a leaky back four.
One fan simply stated “you’re joking?”, while another claimed the club were “rewarding mediocrity again.”
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Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Rewarding mediocrity again
— se queda. (@LFCTikiTaka) April 28, 2017
are you kidding me? Tell me this is a joke…
— Bryan Xavier (@Bryan_Xavier) April 28, 2017
Jesus Christ what next? Moreno to sign 4 year deal on £120,000 a week?!
— Evil Zippy (@LordEsway) April 28, 2017
I mean, what is even the point of supporting #LFC if this is the kind of mediocrity we are willing to put up with.
— virtualaj (@virtualaj) April 28, 2017
And we wonder why we've gone 27 years without a league.
— Graham Williams (@GrahamWillams70) April 28, 2017
Lovren has played in 25 of Liverpool’s 34 league matches this season and has started each of the club’s last five Premier League fixtures.
He has played a part in helping Jurgen Klopp’s side place in third at this late stage, but it is clear than fans want to club to sign better players in order to progress both domestically and in Europe.
In other Liverpool news, Adam Lallana has paid tribute to this long-term Reds absentee on Twitter.