Dejan Lovren has criticised Southampton for blocking a potential move to Liverpool, a club that the defender believes his head is already at, according to the Daily Mail.
Liverpool, who have already signed Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana from Saints this summer, had a bid worth £20million for the Croatian that was rejected on Friday. Lovren's current club wants £25million for their star centre-back, who doesn't see any reason to stay at Southampton, particularly not in the wake of the departures of manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham, Luke Shaw to Manchester United, and Lambert and Lallana to Merseyside.
The 25-year old told Croatian media: “Liverpool sent the offer and the club haven’t informed me, not even about the subsequent Liverpool bids, and that wasn't right.
“I found out from other people, which disappointed me, and I realise I’ve got no business staying at Southampton.
“They paid £9m for me so they would’ve earned twice the amount. At this point, I don’t know what I’ll do and I don’t like it.
"Frankly, my head is already at Liverpool. They are one of the biggest clubs in the world and the last time I played at Anfield I got chills when I heard ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. I would like to listen to it all the time."
Tough times ahead
Despite having done reasonably well last year after Southampton finished 7th in the Premier League, the club had to endure a strange time filled with uncertainty as chairman Nicola Cortese resigned. Pochettino, Lambert, Lallana and Shaw have all followed Cortese now as they have already left the club. Speaking to a Croatian publication Sportske Novosti, Lovren now feels that Southampton are already in tatters.
He said: “I signed because the club had great ambition. Cortese and Pochettino convinced me to sign, gave me assurances about the project and incredible confidence, but when the chairman left and Pochettino was going too, as early as April, I realised things had fallen apart.
“Honestly, I don’t know who the main man at the club is anymore. I’d gladly stay at Southampton if the club had any ambitions and if they kept the key players – not even the Liverpool bid would have dissuaded me if they had done that."
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