Dejan Lovren has signed a new four-year deal at Liverpool worth just under £100,000 a week, with the club possessing the option of an extra 12 months.
The centre-back follows Philippe Coutinho, Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana in extending his contract with the Merseysiders, with his previous terms up in 2019.
✍ Liverpool FC can today announce Dejan Lovren has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 28, 2017
Having navigated a turbulent start since his switch from Southampton in the summer of 2014, and surpassing a century of appearances for the Reds, Lovren stated his intention to lengthen his commitment earlier this month.
“I have said many times I am happy here and I am settled after everything that happened in the beginning, so I just want to improve here and show my quality and give my best for the club,” he said.
The 27-year-old, who endured a torrid evening in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend, has struggled with various injuries this season.
An eye issue was followed by problems with his back, groin, hamstring and knee.
Lovren’s preferred partner at the heart of defence, Joel Matip, has also dealt with a series of setbacks with Jurgen Klopp only able to field them both from the start in 14 league games this season.
The result at home to Palace was the first time Liverpool had suffered a top-flight loss with the duo operating in tandem.
While the pair have shown obvious signs of a strong partnership, Klopp hasn’t been able to bank on their availability. The Reds boss is in the market for a top centre-back with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk a leading candidate, while Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli is an alternative option.
Meanwhile, findings have suggested Mamadou Sakho’s knee injury is not as bad as feared.
The Liverpool defender, on loan at Palace, has not suffered ACL damage, but is understood to have strained or bruised ligaments following his awkward fall after challenging Tottenham striker Harry Kane on Wednesday.
Sakho is not expected to feature again this season, but the hopeful timeframe is that he will be sidelined for a month.