Dejan Lovren’s transfer from Liverpool to Zenit broke up one of the Premier League’s biggest bromances when the Croatian was split from Mohamed Salah.
But it has not taken the pair long to reunite following the defender’s £11million move to Russia over the summer.
After arriving in the country ahead of starting training with his new club, Lovren publicly shared a FaceTime call with the Egyptian which was broadcast via Zenit TV.
The friendship lives on, @LFC fans!
Upon his arrival in Saint Petersburg, Zenit TV captures the moment @Dejan06Lovren FaceTimes his good friend @MoSalah 😂 pic.twitter.com/Z0EzkRnl8t
Lovren was immediately stunned when the forward answered his call after seeing his new shorter haircut for the first time, saying: ‘Wow, what a nice haircut.’
Salah was quick to respond to his team-mate saying it’s ‘better than yours.’
It didn’t take long for the two to gel again, as after Salah complained his new style was expensive, Lovren hit back, saying: ‘To be honest it’s a nice haircut, I like it. It’s expensive? So that’s why you left it long, because you are tight!
Lovren was speaking to his former team-mate as he was driven from the St Petersburg airport along with Zenit’s media team.
He admitted to Salah his shock after seeing a bear upon his arrival in the country.
‘I just arrived and came out the airport so people welcome me and behind I saw a bear, he added. ‘Crazy! I said “is there a zoo open or not?” Don’t worry he doesn’t eat, he is normal with people.’
Lovren and Salah quickly became friends at Liverpool following the forward’s £34m transfer to Anfield from Roma in 2017.
Salah once joked they had only become friends ‘by mistake’ but from lunches in Marbella to becoming regular coffee buddies, the pair have been by each other’s side during the journey to becoming Champions League and Premier League winners.
‘From day one, we felt this connection,’ Lovren gushingly revealed about Salah back in 2018.
‘We have been talking a lot, we were talking about private things and we have a similar background, a tough life from the beginning.
🤜🤛 @MoSalah’s special farewell message to @Dejan06Lovren… pic.twitter.com/aqc4pNmO9L
‘It wasn’t easy to grow up where he was in Egypt without anything, and I had a similar thing in Croatia with the war and going back to Germany.
‘And then with his normality, how he can talk to you and when you see how he thinks… we are good friends, coffee, jokes!’
Following Lovren’s confirmed exit at the end of July, Salah paid tribute to his departing best friend at the club.