Liverpool have held talks with Roma over the possible sale of Dejan Lovren, according to multiple reports in the English media. The Croatian is aware he is fourth choice and wants more regular first-team football.
The 30-year-old did not make the squad for the first Premier League game of the season against Norwich and was not in the travelling party that flew out to Turkey for tomorrow night’s match against Chelsea in the European Super Cup.
Most fans on Twitter have been left scratching their heads over the Reds’ willingness to sell Lovren:
Big mistake! When you consider all the competitions #LFC are in this season we’ll need as many proven players as possible.
— Martin Elis Parry (@MartinElisParry) 13 August 2019
Hope he will stay😟
— Aliou YNWA🔴🇸🇳 (@seckaliou12) 13 August 2019
Quick question! Don't we need depth? At all? I know a shorter squad tends to greater chemistry and all but the risk of burnout also increases
— rohith (@s_rohith08) 13 August 2019
Possibly but we are taking an unnecessary risk. Could cost us around the Xmas – New Year period.
— Gary McNally (@GaryMcNally_) 13 August 2019
Doesn’t make sense to leave ourselves short, absolutely pointless selling him for the sake of 15 mill
— Ryan Smith (@_RyanSmith95) 13 August 2019
No we need to keep him. We should have bought anyone as experienced as him if they want to sell him..
— Muhd Imran (@MuhdImrann) 13 August 2019
60+ games, 3 senior cb and two injury prone 🤦♂️
— Patrick Wraith (@patrick_wraith) 13 August 2019
There were, though, a few supporters who believe it is the right decision to let the defender leave:
Please please get rid of him
— HITMANHARJ (@hitmanharj) 13 August 2019
— – (@WysAkhi) 13 August 2019
— ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@NotNinjaah) 13 August 2019
As some have said, it is an unnecessary risk to allow Lovren to leave. Both Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are prone to injury, and while the Croatian doesn’t have the best fitness record himself, he would offer another experienced option.
Klopp will be asking a lot of Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg to step up if there is an injury crisis in defence later on in the campaign.