Liverpool have completed the signing of Dejan Lovren from Southampton for a fee of £20 million.
It comes just a year on from his move to St Mary's in last summer's transfer window from French side Lyon, with player's value climbing to over double what had been paid for him by Saints.
In the year he was at the Saints he played in 31 Premier League games, scoring two goals. He is also the second defender to leave the Saints after Luke Shaw's departure to Manchester United for £33 million.
Lovren is the third player to sign for Liverpool from Southampton this transfer window, joining Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert on the red side of Merseyside.
This makes Lovren the most expensive defender in the club's history. In comparison, veteran center back Martin Skrtel cost Liverpool £6.5 million from Zenit St Petersburg in January 2008.
Becoming the most expensive defender in the club's history puts Lovren under an enormous amount of pressure to perform well and prove he is worth the money. While Lovren seems to be a good addition to Brendan Rodgers’ squad, I don’t think he is quite worth the £20 million that Liverpool have payed for him.
An experienced Champions League defender
In his entire career Dejan Lovren has played 21 games in the Champions League scoring two goals. This experience will prove useful in the coming season as Liverpool are returning to top level European competition and hope to go far on their return.
Lovren therefore gives Rodgers a credible alternative to the likes of Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel when looking to rotate the squad between Champions League and Premier League games.
However, while I believe that Lovren will bring some needed Champions League experience to the squad, I feel that Liverpool have slightly over-paid for him. He hasn’t played in the Champions League for a year while being at Southampton so I think his price tag of £20 million is too much.
This is because it may take him a little while to get used to the demands of playing in a league at weekends as well as the Champions League during the week. That said, he has plenty more experience of doing so than many of the Liverpool squad.