Liverpool have confirmed their fifth signing of the summer, the oft speculated upon addition of Dejan Lovren from Southampton, as confirmed by their official Twitter account.
The defensive dynamo joins the club for a fee speculated to be between £16 million and £20 million, with Southampton holding out for the higher fee until recently. The Anfield club seem to have buckled, despite Lovren recently declaring that his heart was already in Liverpool after a summer of interest from the Merseyside club.
Lovren represents Liverpool’s fifth signing of the summer and their first defensive one. Emre Can and Lazar Markovic have already joined from elsewhere, with Lovren being reunited with former Southampton teammates Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana at his new club.
It is unsurprising that Liverpool would invest significantly in their defence this summer. Their back-line was never secure last season, and had they constructed a more solid unit, they may have turned their second placed finish into a first title in the Premier League era.
Liverpool have reportedly agreed a fee with Southampton for Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, with the defender on the cusp of carrying out his medical at the Merseyside club, according to ESPN.com.
The central defender has been the top defensive target of Brendan Rodgers for the entire summer, and the talented manager will be delighted at finally getting his man.
Much like Loic Remy and Divock Origi, the Anfield club considered flying Lovren to the United States to have his medical carried out on their summer tour, but logistical changes between various US cities over the weekend, has meant that it makes little sense for the defender to join them.
Liverpool conceded 50 goals in the Premier League last season despite finishing second in the league, with the side reliant on their sensational attacking force for their successes in the league.
Southampton were loath to lose the player this summer, but felt powerless to keep him after he spoke publicly of his desire to join Liverpool.
Lovren told Sportske Novosti that his “head is already at Liverpool”.
Lovren will become the third player to move from the south coast to Merseyside this summer, after England internationals Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana confirmed moves earlier this summer.