Liverpool confirm their fifth signing of the summer and third from Southampton by sealing a £20 million deal for 25-year-old defender Dejan Lovren.
This switch had been likely since Lovren questioned the ambition of the Saints following the departures of key players Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and the manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
A few weeks ago the Croatian international said his "head was in Liverpool" and that he realized he "had no business" staying at Southampton.
Lovren follows Lambert and Lallana north to Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers tries to broaden his squad to compete in multiple competitions. Lovren will look to nail down a spot in the heart of Rodgers' defense, a problem area for Liverpool last season.
Last summer Rodgers brought in Mamadou Sakho for £17 million so it's likely that Sakho and Lovren will get the first crack at being first choice centre-halves, though Martin Skrtel enjoyed a nice bounce back campaign last year.
Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure and Tiago Ilori are also options, though this likely opens the door for Ilori to go back out on loan and possibly makes Agger expendable at the right price.
Last season Lovren earned a 7.32 rating from WhoScored.com. Last season Skrtel received the highest mark for a Liverpool centre-back at 7.45, while Sakho got a 7.04, Agger a 6.99 and Toure a 6.92.
Good Time for Good News
This is some well timed good news for the club as their move for Loic Remy was axed at the last minute likely due to a failed medical. Liverpool hope to finalize a deal for Belgian starlet Divock Origi in the coming days as well as looking at Fabio Borini's future.