Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has explained to the club’s website why this summer will be important for him.
The Croatian defender joined the club from Southampton last year, but wasn’t able to link up with his new teammates on their pre-season tour.
A lack of sharpness and fitness at times this season could be suggested as the reason he’s been inconsistent, but he feels a solid pre-season schedule will do him some good ahead of next season.
“It will be my first pre-season tour with the team, along with all of the lads to prepare for next season - Hopefully I'll be in good shape and ready for next season,” he said.
Lovren has the potential and skill to become a vital part of the side’s defence next season, having struggled at times to adapt to the three at the back method Brendan Rodgers has been using.
Pre-season is quite often the period that new and experienced managers use to experiment and Rodgers may throw Lovren and other players into different formations and setups to see how they cope.
His challenge is to show the boss why he should be a first choice player across the back four. He’ll also experience the range and size of the club’s support base all over the world, which should strengthen and his improve his relationship with supporters.