Liverpool have reopened contract talks with defender Dejan Lovren.
The Croatian held preliminary conversations with the club last year but those negotiations had stalled.
Now they have been revived and there is a commitment to ensure Lovren remains at Anfield beyond his current deal which runs out in 2019.
Lovren moved to Liverpool from Southampton in 2014, signing a five year deal for £20 million, and despite a difficult start has improved under the management of Jurgen Klopp.
He has been hampered by injury, especially this season, although he is fit again and fighting with Ragnar Klavan for a role ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside derby.
At 27, Liverpool will feel Lovren’s best years are still ahead of him as a centre-back and they will not want to see his value diminished by entering the final two years of his deal.
Liverpool are looking for another centre-half this summer, but that is because Klopp will want more strength in depth with the club likely to be in Europe.
Klopp currently has Lovren, Klavan and Joel Matip as his central defensive options, with midfielder Lucas Leiva reinvented in the position.
Liverpool’s Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have returned to Merseyside have starred in Brazil’s emphatic World Cup qualifying victory over Paraguay.
Coutinho scored a stunning goal in the 3-0 win in Sao Paulo. He had and club mate Firmino featured for 87 minutes prior to beginning their dash back on a private jet for this weekend’s derby match.
Having lost Adam Lallana for the visit of Everton, Klopp will be buoyed by the sight of Coutinho rediscovering his form for his country.
The midfielder has been struggling since his return from an ankle injury. Before his setback in November, Coutinho was one of the frontrunners for the Premier League’s player of the year.
His momentum was curtailed and he has been noticeably short of sharpness since his comeback. The strike for his country will be as enthusiastically received at Anfield as it was in the Arena Corinthians.
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