Liverpool ‘miss me more’ than I miss them – Lovren

Former Liverpool centre back Dejan Lovren has insisted that he does not regret leaving the club this summer.

Lovren joined Liverpool in 2014 after spending one season with Southampton. He was the third Saints player to join the Reds that summer. Along with Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, he signed for around £20m.

The 31-year-old was a mainstay in the first team in his first few years at the club. He made 30-plus appearances in all competitions in each of his first four years at Anfield.

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But Lovren only made 23 Premier League appearances for them in his final two campaigns. Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip were all preferred over him for the most part.

The defender did pick up Premier League and Champions League winners medals during his time at the Reds.

After only making 15 outings in all competitions last term, Lovren left Liverpool this summer. In September it was announced that he had signed for Zenit Saint Petersburg for a fee in the region of €12m.

Lovren has been a key player for Zenit so far this season, making 23 appearances. He told the Sport-Express, as cited by GOAL, that his lack of game time last season “upset” him:

“No, I do not regret it. My decision in the summer was firm – to leave Liverpool, and I do not look back.

“I got upset last season when I didn’t play, but now everything is different.

“I think Liverpool miss me more than I miss them. Jurgen Klopp knows this, because we talk. He wrote to me recently: ‘We miss you’.”

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