BBC Leeds pundit Noel Whelan has claimed Dejan Lovren would ‘walk into’ any team in the world amid speculation linking him with a move to Italy.
AC Milan have been strongly linked with a transfer for the Croatian, who was fourth choice for the Reds at the end of last season, with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip the top two, and Joe Gomez the first-choice back-up.
The fact he was fourth in line for the Reds perhaps suggests Whelan might be getting a little carried away – but Lovren is a lot better than many people think.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I’m not surprised Milan want him, he’d walk into any team you care to mention. When fully fit, Lovren is a superb centre-back who is aggressive, dominant and difficult to play against.
“He’s actually got better the longer he has been at Liverpool, and I’m sure Klopp will not want to lose a defender like him who can step in and be so comfortable at the top level.”
It’s easy to forget that Lovren is very good as a defender. Long gone are the moments of chaos that he was prone to not that long ago.
We don’t necessarily think he’s at the level Whelan claims, but he is one of the best fourth-choice centre-backs in the world, that is for sure.
The main concern is over his fitness record – he always has some kind of minor strain or illness. That makes it is likely that if a bid of £25 million or so came in, he could well move on this summer.