Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has admitted he wanted to leave European champions in the summer but is ready to fight for his place.
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. (Jurgen) Klopp told me "Listen, buddy, you are top class player, we will not let you go on loan. We need you".
Wanted to Leave
“I wanted to leave, it didn't happen, I was told Liverpool needs me and I accepted that. Last week I spoke to Klopp again, he told me he understands me, knows I am not happy, but he also said "look, now it is finished, I want you to reset your head, I find you important”.
“I feel relief the transfer window is closed. I got tired of reading and listening every day about me leaving or staying in Liverpool. Everyone wrote "Dejan is here, Dejan is there", and knew nothing! It annoyed me.”
The 30-year-old defender has fallen down Liverpool's pecking order behind Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez and is yet to play for Liverpool this season after being heavily linked with a move to AS Roma in the past weeks.
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