Liverpool blocked loan exit of 6 ft 4 defender this summer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reportedly blocked a loan transfer for Dejan Lovren this summer, in spite of the Croatian star surplus to requirements at the Anfield outfit.

The centre-half spent large parts of the 2018-19 campaign playing second fiddle German head coach Jurgen Klopp.

Dejan has yet to feature for the Reds this term, which has furthered suggestions he could depart Anfield in January.

The Croatia international was interested in leaving Merseyside this summer, with a number of clubs in Europe eager to secure his services.

Serie A club Roma were keen on snapping up the out-of-favour centre-back and opened up negotiations with the Reds days before the Super Cup final.

The Italians did not end up getting their man, though, and immediately turned their attention to landing Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.

And according to the Mirror, Dejan remained at Anfield because Jurgen had a change of heart about selling the star.

They claim the former Borussia Dortmund chief was willing to part ways with the 30-year-old but opted against doing so as his sale would have left him with only two recognised centre-hafls at his disposal

Lovren, who joined the Reds from Southampton five years ago for a sum of £20 million, has two years left on his current contract.

The former Lyon man has made a total 170 matches for the Reds, netting seven goals and lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy.

The Premier League heavyweights will be back in action one week on Saturday, welcoming Newcastle United to Anfield.

Klopp’s side currently top the Premier League standings with four wins from their first four fixtures of the new season.