Playing in his first match for the Reds, the former Southampton centre-back gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead over German side Borussia Dortmund in the 14th minute in a friendly on Sunday. Lovren, who started the match, met a Steven Gerrard corner with his head to send Liverpool on their way. Liverpool won the match 4-0. (pic: Liverpool FC Twitter)
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Lovren is unable to join his new team-mates in America where they are currently on a pre-season tour after the US Embassy in London told the Croatia centre-back that he had to wait at least 10 days for a visa to enter the US. Daily Jutarnji list reports that Lovren was told at the embassy that it did not matter that he was a Liverpool player and that he would have to wait like everybody else.
“Unfortunately I could not get a visa straight away. Therefore I can not join my team-mates in the US. I am sad because of that,” Lovren said after hearing the news.
The former Southampton defender will train with Liverpool’s U-21 side as he awaits the return of Brendan Rogers and his side from the US next week.
“It’s a dream come true, I am glad to be here, I am proud and I can’t wait to start,” that is what 25 million euro Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren said after becoming the most expensive defender in Liverpool FC’s history…
Lovren is now the 3rd most expensive Croatian signing, behind Luka Modrić and Mario Mandžukić, and the 5th most expensive signing in Liverpool history, behind Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres and Adam Lallana, but he is not the first Croat at the club.
“I am glad to be the second Croatian at the club. I have spoken to Igor (Bišćan) a few times and he told me positive things about the club. He told me I will realise what it means to play at Anfield,” said Lovren, before adding.
“Liverpool is more than a club,” said Lovren, who penned a 25 million euro deal yesterday.
Lovren won’t have to wait long before facing his former team-mates Southampton, Liverpool play Southampton on the opening day of the season.
The 27-year left back will undergo a medical today in London before putting pen to paper, according to the British press. The West Ham squad are currently in New Zealand as part of their pre-season preparations. Meanwhile Dejan Lovren’s transfer to Liverpool is expected to be confirmed this week. It has been reported by local media that the Saint’s centre-back will move to Anfield Road for 20 million euros.
The 24-year-old Croatian international, who signed for Southampton in the summer from French club Lyon for £8.5 million, has statistically been the best defender in the Premier League this season, according to portal Whoscored.
The popular football portal, which uses a mathematical formula to calculate players performances each week, has Lovren with an average rating of 7.59, which is higher than any other defender in the Premier League. Lovren eased his way into the Best Premier League XI.
Best Premier League XI: Szczesny (Arsenal, 7,2) – Debuchy (Newcastle, 7,5), Jagielka (Everton, 7,5), Lovren (Southampton, 7,6), Evra (Man. United, 7,4) – Ramsey (Arsenal, 8,0), Gerrard (Liverpool, 7,7), Y. Touré (Man. City 7,6), Hazard (Chelsea, 7,5) – Agüero (Man. City 7,8), Suarez (Liverpool, 8,7).
Comfortably in number one position was Bayern Munich striker Mario Manđžukić with more than 160,000 followers. Giant tennis player Ivo Karlović, renowned for his humourous tweets, was in second place with over 63,000 followers. Pop singer Nina Badrić was in third place with over 43,000 followers. Twitter is still not that popular amongst Croatian personalities with many opting not to have a profile on the popular social media network.
The Top 10 Most Followed Croatian Personalities are:
1. Mario Manđžukić (Football) – 160k
2. Ivo Karlović (Tennis) – 63k
3. Nina Badrić (Singer) - 43k
4. Eduardo da Silva (Football) - 38k
5. Dejan Lovren (Football) - 36k
6. 2Cellos (Music) – 22k
7. Mladen Petrić (Football) – 19k
8. Croatian Government – 18k
9. Fani Stipković (TV Presenter) 15k
10. Jelena Rozga (Singer) - 13k
Captain Darijo Srna had to break the pair up after Lovren kicked-off at Strinić in the 73rd minute after Scotland’s Steven Naismith pounced on Stipe Pletikosa’s penalty save. Lovren blamed Strinić for not reacting quicker and made his feelings clear to the Dnipro left-back, with the pair nearly coming to blows.
“Maybe I over-reacted. It happened in the heat of the battle. I have talked it over with Ivan and all is ok,” said Southampton’s Lovren.
The Croatian FA agreed that he over-reacted, handing out a 20,000 euro fine to both players.
“I’m so happy, It’s an amazing feeling! Thanks to all my teammates and fans for support,” said an excited Dejan Lovren after he headed home the winner in Southampton’s 1:0 win over league leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
The Croatia centre back, who joined Southampton from French club Lyon during the summer on a four-year deal worth an estimated £8.5 million, needed just 5 matches to find the back of the net when he rose and headed home in the second half. Lovren’s header sent the Saint’s into third spot on the table. Croatian international’s Mario Manđžukić and Ivica Olić also found the back of the over the weekend for their respective clubs in Germany’s Bundesliga.
One just made his debut in the English Premier League with Southampton on the weekend, the other is on the verge of signing a multi-million deal with Tottenham Hotspur. Big things are tipped for Croatian internationals Dejan Lovren and Alen Halilovic, but they are not the only ones in their respective families who maybe making all the headlines.
Davor Lovren, brother of centre-back Dejan, and Dino Halilovic, Alen’s younger sibling, have both recently returned to Croatia from Manchester where they were part of the Nike Premier Cup winning Dinamo Zagreb U15 team. Dinamo Zagreb beat Italian giants AC Milan in the final earlier this month 2:1, with Dejan’s younger brother Davor scoring the winner in extra-time.
Both Lovren and Halilovic are currently with the Dinamo Zagreb’s Youth Academy in Zagreb. Halilovic and Lovren were impressive during the recent tournament in Manchester, and both are also tipped to go onto bigger things like their more famous brothers.
If he is not diving off super yachts on the Croatian coast you will find him on the tennis court during his holiday before the start of pre-season training. Croatia and Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric has blown his own trumpet by posting a photo and the result of a recent friendly tennis match he has played with fellow international Dejan Lovren on Instagram.
“3:6, 1:6, 4:6, a brilliant performance by me…Dejan, you need to practice more,:” said Modric. Perhaps he could challenge another Croatian number 10 midfield maestro, Zvonimir Boban next. Boban is also a keen tennis player who often hits up with former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic.