Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has today signed a new contract at Anfield to keep him on Merseyside until the summer of 2021.
The Croatian finalized negotiations over the last few days, signing a lucrative deal worth just under £100,000 a week to ensure the club retains keeps hold of Lovren for another four seasons at Anfield.
Liverpool have added the option of another year, which could yet extend the deal until 2022.
Lovren moved to Liverpool from Southampton in 2014, arriving at Anfield in a deal worth £20 million. Despite a difficult start to his Liverpool career – and some enduring criticism for his inconsistency – he has improved under the management of Jurgen Klopp.
Lovren has also been unlucky with injuries during his time at Liverpool, particularly this season – but Jurgen Klopp seems to have the 27-year-old in his future long term plans.
Lovren signing will likely not prevent Liverpool from seeking out defensive reinforcements, with the side being heavily linked to Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk throughout this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in the fight to secure Champions League football, and will be hoping if they succeed, it will encourage potential transfer targets to choose Anfield over other clubs.
Klopp also has Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and youngster Joe Gomez as current central defensive options, but will almost certainly still be looking to strengthen in the area in the summer.