Dejan Lovren rejected bigger offers to join Liverpool

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Dejan Lovren claims he turned down bigger money offers in order to complete his preferred transfer to Liverpool this summer.

The former Southampton star was linked with a host of top Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, but opted instead to move to Anfield.

Lovren became the third player to swap the south coast for Merseyside when he completed his £20 million switch in July, following in the footsteps of former Saints team-mates Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.

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The Croatia international insists that the opportunity to play under Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was decisive in his decision to snub more lucrative financial packages in favour of joining the Liverpool revolution.

Dejan Lovren quotes:

"I had better offers financially but from the first day I said I want to come to Liverpool," he was quoted saying by ESPN.

"I want to achieve something here because I know this club is big and Brendan Rodgers is a great manager.

"There is a lot of talent here - amazing players - and last season they showed they can do something. I'm really confident in this team."

Arsenal interest

According to the Daily Star last month, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was credited with an interest in bringing the 25-year-old to the Emirates Stadium, but eventually lured Calum Chambers from St Mary's in a £16 million deal after Lovren's exit had been confirmed.

The same story also suggests that Mauricio Pochettino wanted to be reunited with the former Lyon man at White Hart Lane having previously brought the Croatian to England during his time as Southampton manager.

Spurs have been linked with a number of the Argentine coach's former players, with alleged interest in Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez as well. However, Saints appear reluctant to deal with Tottenham after they pinched their manager earlier this summer.

Chelsea interest

Jose Mourinho was also mooted as an admirer of Lovren, with the Surrey Mirror reporting that Chelsea planned to make a late move for the centre-back in a bid to strengthen their defensive options at Stamford Bridge.

However - like Arsenal and Tottenham - the Blues boss' alleged plans to entice the player to west London were ruined by Lovren's burning desire to join Liverpool.

Lovren made his competitive Liverpool debut in Sunday's 2-1 victory over former club Southampton at Anfield, capping the perfect start to his career on Merseyside. He'll be hoping that Rodgers's side can go on to mount a serious title challenge this term to help justify his transfer decision.

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