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Dejan Lovren: “Liverpool miss me more than I miss them”

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Former Liverpool center-back Dejan Lovren spoke about the Reds’ recent injury crisis and the message Klopp sent him.

The 31-year-old defender spent six seasons at Anfield before leaving this summer to Zenit. Lovren had fallen out of flavor at Liverpool and wanted to be awarded some more game time.

A few months later, the Croatian center-back made some strong declarations as the Reds have been facing an injury crisis that gravely affected their defense.

“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,” he told Sport-Express.  And Jurgen Klopp knows this because we communicate. He wrote recently: ‘We miss you.'”

Moreover, Lovren spoke about his former teammate’s recovery. Virgil Van Dijk has been out for months due to a serious knee injury and the Croatian decided to offer him some advice.

“We talked about his recovery, about the knee. You know that Virgil has a serious injury – the cruciate ligaments are damaged. Moreover, when this happened, at first he did not even feel anything: he starts to walk – everything is fine, and after a few steps it gets worse and worse. But I hope he will be back in service soon. 

I advised Van Dijk not to speed up the recovery to Euro 2020. If the risk of relapse persists, it is best to wait. Virgil is young for a center-back, only 29 years old. There will still be major tournaments in his career.”