Reds confirm signing of Dejan Lovren from Southampton.
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Liverpool have continued their summer spending this evening, with the Reds confirming that they have signed Croatian defender Dejan Lovren from Premier League rivals Southampton on a long-term contract.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 27, 2014
The 25 year-old former Olympique Lyonnais defender is the third player to be lured from St. Mary’s to Anfield this summer, following striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana who have both joined up with Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside.
Lovren’s arrival had been rumoured for much of the summer, with the two clubs wrangling about a fee that eventually seems to have been agreed in the region of £20 million, a sum that represents a huge profit for Southampton on a player they bought for less than half of that just twelve months ago.
Lovren’s new teammates face Olympiakos in a pre-season friendly game in the United States tonight, but the Croatian will be joining up with the rest of the squad in the coming days.
He becomes the most expensive defender in Liverpool’s history, overtaking last summer’s capture of Mamadou Sakho, and has a huge task on his hands improving the Liverpool defence that was so porous for significant parts of last season, perhaps denying the Reds the chance to lift the league title.