Date: 13th August 2019 at 5:30pm
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OPINION

Liverpool are making a huge mistake with their reported decision to allow Dejan Lovren leave Anfield before the end of the month.

According to the Daily Mail, Roma are in talks to sign the 30-year-old in a potential deal worth £15million after he dropped down the pecking order to become Jurgen Klopp’s fourth-choice centre-back.

It is understood that Liverpool are prepared to cash in on the Croatia international before transfer windows across Europe slam shut before the end of the month.

Although Lovren has been someone who has been criticised for his performances on Merseyside – selling him now would be an error by sporting director Michael Edwards.

If one of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez or Joel Matip was to pick up an injury or suspension during the season, Klopp will find himself down to having just two available centre-backs in his senior squad.

While he does have youngsters full of potential in Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg, they are very inexperienced and it would be best to never be forced into risking their inclusion against top teams or in high-stakes matches.

Lovren wasn’t exactly high up the pecking order last season for Liverpool.

He made 18 appearances across all competitions as he filled in while Gomez and Matip were injured at the same time.

While those two were out of action, Lovren played in wins against Manchester United and Arsenal before suffering an injury of his own.

Liverpool’s back-line has proven itself to be prone to injuries and in need of rotation.

If Hoever of van den Berg have to play in the types of games that Lovren had to play in last season, will Liverpool be able to keep some of the top attackers in the league quiet?

They might, but after all, it would be a massive risk and one that is simply not worth taking until the transfer window re-opens in January.