Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren had considered moving away from the Premier League and joining the Lega Serie A, but he decided it was not the right way to do it.
During the summer transfer window, Liverpool’s defender Dejan Lovren considered moving to the Italian Lega Serie A.
It was said that both AC Milan and AS Roma wanted him on loan with an option to buy him at the end of the season.
But he believes he doesn’t deserve to have “someone checking my quality.”
“Yes, I did consider the move, I knew I gave my best for Liverpool and won the Champions League, and I am not kind of player that likes to be benched and earn money,” the defender was quoted by Football Italia.
“Yes, some people around me advised me ‘what do you care, you are in a big club, shut up and take the money’, but I am not happy sitting on the bench.”
“Milan contacted me, but Roma was most persistent, but the negotiations didn’t go well. I don’t want to go somewhere and prove someone who I am and how do I play and am I ready or not,” he added.
“I am a professional, I have won the Champions League, won a World Cup silver medal, I achieved big things in football and don’t deserve to go anywhere on loan and to have someone checking me and my quality.”
“I feel very happy because all the time I felt Liverpool was by me, and I respect that a lot. Klopp told me: ‘Listen, buddy, you are top-class player, we will not let you go on loan. We need you’,” he commented.
“When he told me that, it was unclear to me because I know currently, I am in the worst position of all center-backs in the team. But there will be a lot of matches, some injuries are possible too… I wanted to leave, it didn’t happen, I was told Liverpool needs me and I accepted that. It was not meant to be for me to leave.”
“I feel I am in my prime age, in great shape, mentally ready and you can’t buy experience. Not many players have played in the World Cup final and Champions League final as me,” Lovren concluded.
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