Premier League defender plays down speculation of Liverpool move

Southampton defender Dejan Lovren has played down speculation linking him with a summer switch to Liverpool.

Liverpool's title bid came up short in the final weeks of the season as defeat to Chelsea and a spectacular collapse against Crystal Palace allowed Manchester City to sneak in and take the trophy as the campaign came to a close. It was disappointing for the Reds having got themselves into such a strong position, but manager Brendan Rodgers took the team from seventh to second in the space of a year, and has brought Champions League football back to Anfield.

In order to compete in the Premier League and in Europe, Rodgers will need to spend money and strengthen his squad this summer, and one of the primary areas of concern for the former Swansea boss will be his defence, which was incredibly leaky at times throughout the year.

Whilst Liverpool were scintillating going forward, they had major defensive deficiencies and Rodgers has already been linked with a number of reinforcements, with one of those being Southampton centre back Lovren.

The Croatian international enjoyed a superb first season in the Premier League having arrived from Lyon last summer, and his impressive displays have reportedly attracted interest from Liverpool, who have allegedly been eyeing up a £40m double swoop for Lovren and team mate Adam Lallana.

Yet despite the rumours linking Lovren with a big move to Merseyside, the 24-year-old has poured cold water on the specuation, saying he is happy on the South Coast.

"I also heard something about that," he told Croatian media. "I follow the media and I saw that Liverpool is allegedly interested in me. But that is all that I know so far. I feel great at Southampton and my contract is valid for the next three years. So the only thing I can say right now is that the club is the one who decides."

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