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Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren ‘closing in on £10.9m move to Zenit St Petersburg’

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is reportedly close to joining Zenit St Petersburg in a £10.9million deal. 

The centre-back, who has made 185 appearances for the club, picked up a Premier League winners medal at the Anfield trophy lift on Wednesday, in what looks set to be his final season for the club. 

Lovren arrived for £20m in the summer of 2014 from Southampton and after six years at the club, the 31-year-old looks set to be moving to Russia this summer, according to The Guardian

The report details that Liverpool recently took up an option to extend Lovren’s contract by a year to 2022, keeping his value relatively high if a deal did occur at the end of this season. 

Though generally behind Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the pecking order at Liverpool this season, Lovren did make 15 Premier League appearances, including nine starts. 

He played in the 3-1 victory over rivals Manchester City in November and scored a crucial equaliser against Napoli in the Champions League in the same month. 

Lovren has had some memorable occasions in a Reds shirt, the most famous being his last-minute winner against Borussia Dortmund in 2016. 

The late header at the Kop end meant Jurgen Klopp’s side progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League on a dramatic night at Anfield – they would go on to lose the final to Sevilla. 

Two years later, Lovren formed a partnership with new £75m signing Van Dijk as Liverpool reached the Champions League final, this time losing out to Real Madrid. 

Lovren actually set up Sadio Mane’s equaliser on the night, rising highest from a corner to head the ball to the Senegalese at the back post. 

However, Lovren did pick up a Champions League winners medal last season as the Reds went one further in Madrid, though this time the Croat was an unused substitute.    

Liverpool FC lifted the Premier League trophy and to celebrate Carlsberg UK have launched a limited edition ‘Champions’ can, which is now available to buy from the online web shop at www.pourtodoor.co.uk 

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