Noel Whelan: Dejan Lovren would walk into any team

It is probably fair to say Dejan Lovren has had some highs and lows during his Liverpool career.

According to Football Insider, the 29-year-old is close to agreeing personal terms with AC Milan ahead of a potential move to the San Siro this summer in a development that some supporters might not be too bothered about.

One ex-pro, though, believes the Reds would be making a mistake by letting Lovren go.

“I’m not surprised Milan want him, he’d walk into any team you care to mention,” former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan told Football Insider. “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,” the BBC Radio Leeds pundit added.

Last season and towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign, Lovren certainly looked better compared to the earlier days of his Liverpool career. The arrival of a world-class defender like Virgil van Dijk to play alongside him has likely played its part, with Lovren himself admitting that the Dutchman has helped him to become more confident at the back.

Still, when watching Lovren closely, he always looks like he is capable of producing a moment of madness.

“His centre-backs will always kill him [Jurgen Klopp]. They always let you down,” Gary Neville told Sky Sports (via Metro) back in 2017 when discussing Lovren’s shocking display in a defeat to Tottenham.

Now behind van Dijk and Joel Matip in the pecking order, a move away from Anfield could be on the cards. And while some of the criticism he does get can be blown out of proportion, Lovren is not the calibre of defender who can walk into any team. Right now, he can’t even get into his current one.

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Noel Whelan: Dejan Lovren would walk into any team
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