Liverpool could sanction the sale of defender Dejan Lovren to AC Milan, according to reports from Italy.
Tuttomercatoweb reported that the Serie A club were due to meet with the player’s representatives today with a view to a possible transfer, with Italy’s transfer window remaining open until August 23rd, as mentioned by Radio Times.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Liverpool could commission a €15million (£13.84m), three-year deal for the 30-year-old, although there may be complications as to Lovren’s wages.
Lovren joined Liverpool from Southampton five years ago for £20m, going on to make 170 appearances for the club and win the Champions League.
Having been a regular presence in the Reds’ line-up for his first four seasons, breaking the 20-game mark in each Premier League campaign, he only made 13 league appearances last term and 18 in all competitions.
With PFA Player of the Year Van Dijk surely assured of his starting place, the competition for the other centre-back berth at Liverpool is frenetic.
Lovren has endured some difficult moments during his time at Anfield. The Telegraph included him in their list of worst signings of the 2014/15 season and he has made six errors leading to goals in the Premier League – only nine defenders have made more in the competition’s 27-year history.
Having played 152 games in the English top flight, that works out at one goal-costing error per 25.3 games.
By contrast, Gomez has never been directly responsible for the concession of a Premier League goal, while Matip has made two errors leading to goals in his 76 Premier League games (one every 38 matches).
Matip also has a far better track record for stopping opposition attacks, with 1.8 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game last season, compared to Lovren’s match averages of 1.2 tackles and 0.8 interceptions.
The Croatia man, who has made 53 caps for his country, is vastly superior in the air to Matip and Gomez, though. Lovren won 4.1 aerial duels per game last season, compared to three for Matip and 1.5 for Gomez respectively. None of those can come close to matching van Dijk’s 4.8 aerial duels per game.
Although Lovren is stronger in the air than Matip or Gomez, van Dijk’s superb aerial prowess means that Liverpool firmly have this trait in their defensive arsenal.
Also, with the Croatia defender more prone to costly errors than his fellow Anfield centre-backs, it would be no surprise if he found himself fourth on Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order in this sector of the field.
With Lovren now 30 and AC Milan lining up a £13.84m bid, now would be a good time for Liverpool to cash in on a player who is unlikely to fetch any higher for the remainder of his career.
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