Jurgen Klopp pays tribute to ‘Liverpool legend’ Dejan Lovren after exit

Jurgen Klopp pays tribute to 'Liverpool legend' Dejan Lovren as transfer to Zenit is confirmed

The Russian champions are believed to have paid £11million for Lovren (Picture: Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp has hailed Dejan Lovren as a ‘Liverpool legend’ after the Premier League champions announced that the centre-back had joined Zenit St. Petersburg.

The Croatia international spent six years at Anfield after joining from Southampton in 2014, making 185 appearances for the club and winning both the Premier League and Champions League.

Although Lovren had to make do with a bit-part role during his final season with Liverpool, Klopp insists he will be sorely missed – particularly by Mohamed Salah.

Dejan Lovren after Liverpool FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League

Lovren has to deal with plenty of criticism during his six years at Anfield (Picture: Getty)

‘Another Liverpool legend who leaves the club, because he was absolutely a very, very important part of this team from the first day since I was in,’ Klopp told the club’s official website.

‘I remember when we played with Dortmund against Liverpool in the pre-season friendly and Dejan scored with a header with incredible power. That was the image I had in my mind when I came here and I thought about the defenders we had at the time.

‘He played super games and scored one of the most important goals of our history in the 4-3 against Borussia Dortmund; a really wonderful moment to share.

‘He had so many good games. Yes, I think he will not like the Tottenham game when I took him off in the first half, but it is part of football and part of development – and he always came back.

‘When he was fit, he was very, very, very often in the team. A great player and a great person.

‘Yesterday we said, “Who is now the best friend of Mo?” because they were really real, real bezzies. They were really close and that’s the thing, we will miss him.

‘He is a model athlete, has everything you need and now he goes to Russia, but he can come back always – he will be always welcome because he is a really nice guy.’

Liverpool are believed to have pocketed £11million from Lovren’s move to Zenit, despite only making 15 appearances in all competitions last season.

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