Liverpool Transfer News: Dejan Lovren Would Be Savvy Summer Signing for Reds

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Dejan Lovren of Southampton controls the ball under pressure from Steven Naismith of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on April 26, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have been placed on high alert by the news that Southampton's Dejan Lovren has reportedly handed in a transfer request, with the defender looking for Champions League football.

The Daily Mail's Neil Ashton claims Lovren wrote Southampton's chairman and club executive an email, notifying them both he wishes to depart the club before the end of the summer transfer window:

Dejan Lovren has submitted a formal written transfer request demanding to leave Southampton.

Sportsmail Online can reveal that the central defender wrote an email to executive director Les Reed and chairman Ralph Krueger on May 30 with notice of his desire to leave St Mary's this summer.

In the email, the defender outlined his ambition to play Champions League football next season and wants to move this summer.

Lovren is but the latest in a series of players who have either already left the club or made their ambitions of leaving clear, as reported by Ashton. Saints still haven't appointed a new manager following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino, adding to Lovren's list of reasons for wanting to move on.

The Croatia international only joined the club last year but quickly made his mark on English football, and the 24-year-old has his eyes set on bigger and better things. One of the clubs being linked with Lovren is Liverpool, who could be on the market for an impact defender.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 19:  (L-R) Dejan Lovren of Southampton is challenged by Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park on April 19, 2014 in Birmingham, England.  (Ph
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Per, no team in the Premier League top five conceded more goal than the Reds in 2013-14, and Liverpool nearly doubled Chelsea's mark of 27.

Defenders aren't the only players responsible for the amount of goals a team concedes, but preventing the other team from scoring is their main task. At least one of them didn't do his job in that regard, as shared by NBC Sports Soccer:

Mamadou Sakho had his ups and downs during his first season in the Premier League, but overall, his future looks bright. Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are the two men most suited to start next to the Frenchman next season, and while both are serviceable players, neither would be mistaken for a top defender.

The Reds have a number of talented defenders waiting in the wings, but for all of their potential, they're all untested against top-quality competition. Liverpool can't afford to enter next year's Champions League with Tiago Ilori slated to be a starter, because if the youngster struggles, the Reds will have a serious problem.

Lovren could be the perfect solution to Liverpool's conundrum. At 24 years old, he is experienced enough for the club to trust him, yet young enough to be more than just a stopgap.

Per Ashton's article, former team-mate Rickie Lambert has already completed a move to Anfield, and Saints captain Adam Lallana wants to join the Reds as well. At this rate, Southampton appears to be a sinking ship, and Lovren has already expressed his desire to get out while he can.

Liverpool can offer Lovren the one thing he apparently wants the most—Champions League football. The team's uncertainties regarding the centre-back position mean the Croatian would most likely be expected to start straight away, giving him even more incentive to push for a deal.

Lovren's vision and position would match well with Sakho's impressive athleticism, and with the player strong-arming his current club into a transfer, the Reds wouldn't be forced to spend ridiculous money in order to land a quality centre-back.

Lambert's transfer proves the relationship between both clubs is strong, so once Southampton realise they have no choice but to sell, there should be little standing in the way of a quick and painless transfer.