Dejan Lovren considers his spell at Liverpool to be over as progress has been made over a potential move to Roma, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Italian news outlet claims that Lovren, 30, is willing to take a pay cut from his current £71,000-a-week deal at Anfield in order to complete a move to the Stadio Olimpico after dropping down the defensive pecking order on Merseyside.
It is understood that Lovren will spend this week trying to get Liverpool to reduce their valuation of him so that Roma are more inclined to make an acceptable bid.
However the report adds that Roma would prefer to sign Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani over Lovren, who is yet to make an appearance for Liverpool this season.
You can’t blame Lovren for wanting to quit Anfield because he is not going to get much game-time this season as long as everyone above him in the pecking order remains fit and free of suspension. The former Southampton and Lyon defender made 18 appearances across all competitions for the Reds last season and that was mainly down to Joe Gomez’s injury bumping him up the pecking order for a few months. Gomez is now back to fitness and he, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip are all preferred options at centre-back than Lovren. As much as the Croatia international wants to move on, Liverpool shouldn’t let him unless a silly bid is made for him by Roma. Liverpool no longer have the ability to replace Lovren now that the Premier League transfer window has slammed shut and they are just one injury or suspension away from having to call him into the matchday squad. Lovren’s not an amazing centre-back but as fourth choices go, he is one of the best in England.