27-yr-old expecting to sign Liverpool deal before the summer

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren plans to sign a new contract with the club before the end of the season.

Lovren’s current deals runs until the summer of 2019 and the Croatian international is eager to extend his stay at the club.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Lovren said: “Progress (on the contract) is going on and I’d say that hopefully everything will be clear in the next month.

“Like I’ve said many times about my future, I’m really happy here. I’m settled after everything that happened in the beginning.

“I just want to improve every day here, show my quality and give my best for the club.

“I’ve been working hard, it’s been quite tough for me to come back.

“For a month I didn’t even train and then when I was back with the team it wasn’t so easy

“But we defended really well together against Everton and I’m happy about that.”

Having previously struggled with injury, Lovren regained his place in the starting line-up for the victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby and will hope to feature from the outset again when Liverpool host Bournemouth tomorrow night.

The Reds are currently in third place in the Premier League table, although they do have at least one game in hand on each of the sides around them.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has three main options to choose from at centre-back – Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan.

Of those, Lovren has been the outstanding performer in the Premier League this season, making the most interceptions, blocks and clearances per game.