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Liverpool complete £20m Lovren deal

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Dejan Lovren said earlier this month that his head "was already at Liverpool" © Getty Images
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Defender Dejan Lovren has completed his move from Southampton to Liverpool in a deal worth £20 million.

"It's a dream come true," the played told Liverpool's official website. "I'm happy and glad to be here. I'm proud and can't wait to start. I know we have millions and millions of supporters - Liverpool is more than a club.

"After I played at Anfield last season, I said to myself: 'One day I hope I'll be able to play here for Liverpool'. The fans will know from the first minute that I'm a player that will give 100 per cent on the pitch."

The Croatia centre-back has been manager Brendan Rodgers' top defensive target this summer. Liverpool had considered flying the defender to the United States to join their summer tour, but with the squad transferring from Boston to Chicago over the weekend - and then moving on quickly to New York and Charlotte - it has been decided that this was too difficult.

Rodgers has been looking to strengthen a defence that conceded 50 Premier League goals despite finishing in second place last season, and feels that Lovren - who played in all three of Croatia's matches at the World Cup in Brazil - has the leadership qualities to make Liverpool more solid at the back.

New Southampton boss Ronald Koeman had initially said he did not intend to sell the player, but he changed his stance after accepting the player's desire to leave.

The 25-year-old had spoken publicly of his desire to move to Anfield, saying in an interview with Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti earlier this month that his "head is already at Liverpool."

He becomes the third player to move from Southampton to Liverpool this summer, following striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana.

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