Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has been in impressive form in recent months, and it is no coincidence that he helped both club and country to the Champions League and World Cup finals respectively.
The Croatia international has established himself as one of the best defenders on the planet at the moment, and has staked the claim to continue to feature in manager Jurgen Klopp's first-team plans going forward.
However, Lovren's chances of featuring for Liverpool week in, week out could take a hit if the Reds complete a summer move for his international teammate Domagoj Vida, who has been routinely linked with the club in recent weeks.
The 29-year-old Besiktas man was in the form of his life at the World Cup, playing a huge role alongside Lovren to help Croatia reach their first final at a major tournament.
Vida's heroics in Russia surely attracted lots of suitors, and he displayed calmness at the back as opposed to the Liverpool man who had few nervy moments that luckily did not hurt his side.
Virgil van Dijk remains the only Liverpool defender guaranteed a starting berth at Anfield and Vida, or any other defender arriving, will get the chance to challenge Lovren and Joel Matip for the other spot at the centre of their defence.
Liverpool have reportedly made an increased offer of £20million for the former Dynamo Kyiv man and, while sealing a summer move for Vida will add quality depth to the Reds' defence, it will likely decrease Lovren's playing chances despite his World Cup heroics.
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