Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren has revealed that Jurgen Klopp denied him an Anfield exit despite the defender’s desire to leave the club this summer.
The Croatia international was strongly linked with a move away from the club after five seasons on Merseyside, having fallen behind the likes of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez in the pecking order at the club.
The 30-year-old was reported to be a target for the likes of AC Milan, Roma and Bayer Leverkusen, though remains a Liverpool player following the closure of the European transfer window on September 2nd.
Lovren admits that the speculation surrounding his future was unsettling, but accepts the club’s decision not to allow him to leave despite a desire to secure more regular first-team football.
“I feel relief the transfer window is closed,” Lovren told Sportske Novosti.
“I got tired of reading and listening every day about me leaving or staying in Liverpool. Everyone wrote ‘Dejan is here, Dejan is there’, and knew nothing! It annoyed me.
“Yes, I did consider moving, I knew I gave my best for Liverpool, won CL and I am not kind of player that likes to be benched and earn money. Some people around me advised me ‘What do you care, you are in big club, shut up, take the money’. But I am not happy on the bench.
“I feel very happy because all the time I felt Liverpool was by me, 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’.
“I wanted to leave, it didn’t happen, I was told Liverpool needs me and I accepted that.”