Jurgen Klopp would like to keep Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren this summer because of his leadership qualities, according to Calciomercato.
The Italian news outlet claim that the 30-year-old enforcer is still a strong target for the San Siro giants, but that Klopp will not let him leave for less than £22.4million.
Calciomercato reports that Klopp highly rates the Croatian international as a leader and that’s the one reason he would find it hard to sanction an exit away from Anfield.
Despite not being a guaranteed partner to Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of defence, Lovren made 27 appearances across all competitions and featured 11 times in the Premier League last season.
Jurgen Klopp has put together a group of players that are capable of challenging for all available pieces of silverware in the past couple of seasons. And he has strength in depth with players like Lovren. As the saying goes, don’t fix something if it isn’t broke – and Klopp has no reason to allow any of his players to leave Anfield this summer unless the price is right. The 30-year-old may not have featured as regularly as he would like at the Reds, but he still seems happy in the positive atmosphere created at Melwood and around the club at all times. It would be a smart idea to keep the World Cup finalist, who averaged an impressive 3.9 clearances per game in the Premier League – only bettered by Van Dijk at Liverpool [WhoScored]. Liverpool’s defence is also key to starting attacks under Klopp, a style that suits the 30-year-old well. Lovren averaged more passes per game (63.2) than both Joel Matip and Joe Gomez last season, highlighting his importance both on and off the ball. With the arrival of 17-year-old defender Sepp van den Berg, Lovren could be the perfect mentor to the youngster and is still very much in Klopp’s plans next year.