Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to be drawn on reports that centre-back Dejan Lovren is on the verge of leaving the club for Zenit St Petersburg.
The Reds have reportedly agreed an £11m fee with the Russian club and it is now up to the player to agree personal terms. When asked about the player’s future at his press conference today, Klopp replied:
“Nothing is decided so we don’t speak. If we cannot speak about potential departure we cannot speak about replacement. Nothing in the moment.”
With Lovren almost certain to leave this summer, it appears that the club will have to look for a replacement in the transfer market.
Neither Sepp van den Berg nor Ki-Jana Hoever are deemed ready for first-team action, while it would be asking a lot of Fabinho to be used as the de-facto fourth choice centre-half, added onto his main duties as a holding midfielder.
There are a couple of names that have been bandied around over the past few months. Sevilla’s Diego Carlos has been heavily linked but his price tag would likely rule Liverpool out of the running.
Another option is Espanyol’s Leandro Cabrera, who could be available on loan following the Spanish club’s relegation from the top flight.