Liverpool FC continued recruiting players for the 2014-15 season and loaned a central defender, Dejan Lovren, from Southampton.
The Croatian footballer played in Champions League and World Cup. Lovren has a strong presence in the air and outstanding leadership skills that helped him break into top-level football.
Dejan was born on July 5, 1989 in the town of Zenica situated on the territory of present Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Lovren started his football career at NK Karlovac and attracted attention of his first large football club - Dinamo Zagreb – in the game against its youth squad in 2004.
Short before his seventeenth birthday, the Croatian was added to the Dinamo senior squad. In the 2007-08 season he was loaned to NK Inter Zapresic, where he featured in the starting lineup in 29 games.
Back at Zagreb, Lovren gained a place in the Dinamo first XI. At the age of 19, he was a part of the Dinamo winning squad at the Croatian Football Cup. In the next season, he played not only in domestic matches, but also in Europe. His club took the third league crown in a row.
In 2009, Dejan was invited to the Croatia national team, but made his debut a bit later, in a friendly against Qatar appearing as a second-half substitute.
In January 2010, Lovren left Dinamo where he made 66 appearances and joined Olympique Lyonnais. His settling in France was rather difficult at first, so he appeared only in nine games in the second half of the season. He scored his first goal for Lyon in the Coupe de France in the match against AS Monaco.
In his first full season with the Ligue 1 team, Lovren shortly entered the starting XI playing on the Champions League where he made his first goal against Benfica.
He scored his first goal for Croatia in the game against Malta in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match. Lovren was included in the 23-footballer team who were to head to Poland and Ukraine, but the defender damaged his Achilles tendon and had to withdraw.
In the 2012-13 season Dejan helped Lyon take the third place in Ligue 1. He scored his second international goal in the net of Wales in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
After 70 appearances in France, Lovren signed for Southampton and headed to the Premier League. The Croatian adapted quickly showing high-level performance. He scored two goals in 31 matches and one of them was made at Anfield.
Lovren’s stunning game attracted interest of Brendan Rodgers; and in July 2014, the Croatian center back joined Liverpool.
On August 17, 2014 Dejan made his debut as a Red against his former club Southampton and scored his first official goal for Liverpool, when he headed in the game-winner in a 2–1 victory over Swansea City.
The defender appeared in 22 Premier League games as a part of the Liverpool starting XI. He scored a stoppage-time winning goal in a 4–3 Europa League quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund.