Paul Joyce names Liverpool’s bold Dejan Lovren asking price with AC Milan an option

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Liverpool will not consider selling Dejan Lovren for a bid less than £25m, respected Times journalist Paul Joyce has claimed.

This is in reaction to Italian reports that AC Milan are keen on the Croat, and while Joyce says this has yet to be confirmed, he does admit that ‘prospective new sporting director Ricky Massara rates Lovren highly’.

Lovren is 29-years-old and right now is our fourth choice centre-back, with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez ahead of him in the pecking order.

But that order is very interchangeable due to the injury records of Matip, Gomez and Lovren himself.

In fact, Lovren was van Dijk’s first-choice partner at the end of last season, but got injured and Gomez started this term alongside the Dutchman. Then when Gomez broke his leg, Matip stepped in and hasn’t looked back since.

In all honesty, we’re happy with Lovren as an option – especially as £25m doesn’t automatically buy you a player of his experience and calibre nowadays.

He’s best friends with Mo Salah, our wonderful attacker, and there seems no need to rock the boat when squad harmony is so brilliant right now.

If a bid is accepted of £25m+, then so be it, but we reckon Lovren will begin the 2019/20 season as part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

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