Dejan Lovren wants time off this summer before next season – in which he can go on a proper holiday – as the current quarantine doesn’t feel like one.
“I hope Aleksander Ceferin and all the other people from UEFA and FIFA will come up with a solution so that we don’t get into a situation of having to play 15 games in 30 days,” he said.
“We need time off. This hasn’t really been time off because the players will need to recover mentally from the pandemic and the resultant quarantine.”
Naturally, the interview has been regarded as insensitive in some quarters, although we don’t think the Croat had any bad intentions and was just speaking from a personal point of view – which is more ill-judged than anything more sinister.
You can also argue that Lovren makes a fair point and if we expect footballers to go back to work, they should be entitled to the same time off they were meant to have – although our sympathies in this respect would be aimed more at frontline workers – in fairness.
Here’s some of the reaction. Let us know what you think:
I always stick up for Lovren but this is stupid, we should now sell him to Everton
— hobnob* (@hobnobpeter) May 4, 2020
I’ve yet to read an interview with Lovren where he doesn’t drop some sort of clanger. The irony of him asking for a break considering the number of games he’s missed since signing for LFC. 🤷♂️
It’s deja lovren – all over again. #LFC
— KevLFC_KeepLeft (@KevLFC_KeepLeft) May 4, 2020
He shouldn’t do interviews full stop. Don’t see why they should be treated different to other professionals. When it’s safe to do so get back playing. None of this about needing a holiday to recover.
— Bobby (@LFC_RobR) May 4, 2020
morons will always find something to complain about.
— Michael-G (@FreoPunter) May 4, 2020
I think its a masked statement. He’s basically saying this is rubbish cos even tho i know i won’t play i still have to train and now i have to train in lockdown. He’s 1000% leaving asap.
— philipjfry (@fryphilipj3000) May 4, 2020