Dejan Lovren has completed his transfer to Zenit St. Petersburg. The news has been confirmed by Liverpool Football Club.
The 31-year-old centre-back made 185 appearances for the Reds following his £20million transfer from Southampton in July 2014. He scored 8 goals during his 6 years with the club.
Liverpool Football Club published a brief statement which reads: ‘Everybody at Liverpool Football Club would like to thank Dejan for his contribution over the years and wish him all the very best in his new challenge.’
The player himself said: “I knew that Zenit are the best team in Russia and the league champions for the last two years and that Zenit have also just won the Cup too. For me, this is important not only because of the status of the club but also because quality teammates are waiting for me.
“I know that Zenit pay a lot of attention to European football, especially the Champions League, and this is important to me too. I’ve already had an impact on this tournament, but I want more, now I would like to to pass on my experience to new teammates and help the team go as far as possible.
“Firstly, I’m looking forward to the fans returning to the stadiums in full, and not just ten percent or at half capacity, but completely full. We have such a large and modern stadium it should be completely full.
“For my part, I will try to earn the supporters’ respect with how I play and my hard work in training. I know that it will not be easy, but I will give all my energy and strength to this.”
Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp is believed to be in the market for a replacement and a number of names have been linked, the most recent being Schalke 04 centre-back Ozan Kabak. Ben White, Nathan Ake, Dayot Upamecano and Leandro Cabrera have also been linked.