Steve Nicol has called on Liverpool to play the smart move in cashing in on the £25m-rated Dejan Lovren this summer amid interest from AC Milan.
Lovren suffered an injury-barren campaign at Liverpool last season, which restricted him to just 18 appearances in all competitions.
The centre-back has been an ever-present figure the Reds backline upon completing a £22.7m switch from Southampton in 2014. He’s since made 170 outings for Liverpool and won his first trophy in the Champions League on June 1.
After helping Croatia reach their first-ever World Cup last summer, though, Lovren returned to Anfield with a pelvis injury. This kept him sidelined until October before he suffered hamstring and muscle problems.
Joel Matip has since taken Lovren’s spot alongside Virgil van Dijk in the Liverpool defence. And it seems manager Jurgen Klopp plans to stick with the duo after starting them in their Champions League final victory over Tottenham.
Therefore, Lovren’s future is now uncertain with Serie A giants Milan allegedly keeping tabs on him.
At 29, the Croatian can still command a decent transfer fee which could then be used to bring in reinforcements. Although Liverpool will have to sell him this summer as his market value will drop next summer once he enters the final year of his contract.
“Yes, he’s worth £25m, yeah, absolutely,” ex-Liverpool defender Nicol told ESPN on whether Lovren should be sold.
“No [I would not keep him]. You have [Joe] Gomez, you have Matip.
“Lovren’s been a good servant to Liverpool. That would be fantastic if we did get [Matthijs] De Ligt.
“But Lovren’s been a good servant.
“Just because on occasions he’s made horrendous mistakes and we’ve picked him up on it, it doesn’t mean that I don’t like the guy.
“The guy’s got a big heart and he’s given everything for Liverpool. He’s played well on occasions.
“He gives you everything, sometimes to the detriment of his performance because he’s so eager and so keen to do well that he throws himself into challenges when he shouldn’t.”