Klopp wants to keep £90,000-a-week central defender at Liverpool

Italian media outlet Calciomercato claims that Croatia international Dejan Lovren might stay at Liverpool this summer because of Jurgen Klopp’s admiration of his leadership qualities.

The Croatian defender returned to pre-season training previous week and will travel to the United States as part of Anfield outfit’s contingent that will train and play Stateside for a couple of weeks.

As things stand, the star seems likely to remain a Reds player for the next campaign and this has a lot to do with how highly Jurgen thinks of him.

The German, according to Calciomercato, believes Dejan’s leadership is important for Reds and while he is not a regular, the boss wants him at Liverpool for as long as possible.

AC Milan are reportedly interested in recruiting the former Southampton No.6 but have yet to match the €25 million (£22.4m) that the Reds believe Dejan is worth.

A couple of seasons ago, football fans would have been hard-pressed to find a Reds supporter that would be content with Klopp turning down proposals for Lovren but with the 30-year-old star now fourth choice in the centre half pecking order, that’s no longer the case.

As long as Lovren is not starting regularly, he can be a valuable player to have and is probably the best fourth-choice central defender in the Premier League.

The Reds are targetting their first league trophy in three decades and unfortunately, Dejan does not have the quality or concentration to add value on a regular basis.

If he ends the campaign with around 20 appearances across all competitions, you will not find fans complaining too much.