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Why is Lovren training with the Liverpool U21s?

The defender's Liverpool career hasn't got off to the best possible start after paperwork issues left him unable to join up with teammates.

Dejan Lovren is left grounded in Liverpool, after a visa to visit the US to meet up with his new club was unable to be rushed through. 

Despite Brendan Rodgers stating that he was looking forward to the Croatian joining up with the rest of the Liverpool squad for the rest of their tour, it turns out Lovren's visa paperwork hasn't been processed in time.

This means that the centre back's first training sessions for his new club are actually with the the Reds' Under-21 side.

The Mail quote him as telling Croatian sports newspaper Sportske novosti: "Unfortunately I could not get a visa straight away.

"Therefore I can not join my team-mates in the U.S. I am sad because of that.

"Of course it's not good that I have not joined the team's preparations in the U.S." said Lovren.

"However, I have plenty of days until their return from the tour.

"I will train with the Under 21 team in Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers will send a programme for me to practice."

He shouldn't be too down about the prospect of working with the club's younger sides though, as Liverpool's youth sides have already produced a couple of England internationals in the last couple of years, meaning he could quite easily be training with future teammates.

Lovren's long running move to Liverpool was finally confirmed late on Sunday night after plenty of difficulty between the player and his former club Southampton, as well as alleged wrangling over the fee between the two sides.

The Croatian international, who featured at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, looked delighted to finally seal his switch, but will now have to wait a few more days before he can take his place in the first team squad.

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