Revealed: Liverpool 30-year-old star was desperate to leave club this summer

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Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has revealed that he wanted to depart from the Reds last month.

The Croatia international keeper has fallen behind the likes of Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk in the pecking order and has yet to feature this campaign for the Merseyside Reds and has been rumoured with a summer move to AS Roma.

Speaking to Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, Lovren said: “Yes, I did consider moving. I knew I gave my best for Liverpool, won the Champions League and I am not the kind of player that likes to be benched and earn money.

“I feel very happy because all the time I felt Liverpool was by me. I respect that a lot. Klopp told me ‘Listen, buddy, you are top class player, we will not let you go on loan. We need you’.

“I wanted to leave, it didn’t happen, I was told Liverpool needs me and I accepted that.”

The ex-Southampton defender was an unused substitute as the Reds won their sixth Champions League title back in June, however, had been strongly rumoured with a move to Serie A giants AS Roma, who then went on to secure services of Chris Smalling instead.

Meanwhile, another Serie A club AC Milan have also expressed interest in securing the services of Lovrend and might be back in January when the transfer window will be re-opened.