Dejan Lovren was of interest to AC Milan earlier in the transfer window, but the Reds appear to have done enough to put the Italian giants off the Croatian.
According to Calciomercato, Lovren no longer interests Milan because of ‘economic’ and ‘personal’ reasons.
The former presumably means that the Reds price-tag of more than £25 million was deemed too high for a 30-year-old, while it is unclear what the latter might refer to. It might simply be that Lovren was happy to stay on Merseyside and was unwilling to force through a move.
Either way, the Reds never wanted to let Lovren leave unless he desperately wanted to go. Had Milan acquired him, Jurgen Klopp would have had to dip into the market – something he was keen to avoid given it would be tough to sign a better fourth choice defender than Lovren.
Lovren only played 18 times last year thanks to injury, the brilliance of Joel Matip and the emergence of Joe Gomez. He will probably only play a similar amount next season for similar reasons, but keeping him was important for Klopp.