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Lovren praises Salah signing

16 July 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 16/07/17 8:29am

Mohamed Salah celebrates with Roberto Firmino after scoring Liverpool's goal against Wigan Athletic

Mohamed Salah celebrates with Roberto Firmino after scoring Liverpool’s goal against Wigan Athletic

Dejan Lovren believes the arrival of Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke will help Liverpool break down stubborn defences.

The Reds defender admitted the club missed Sadio Mane last season after he played for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations in January and suffered a knee injury in April.

But Lovren believes Salah and Solanke will fit well into manager Jurgen Klopp’s system after the Egyptian winger scored on his first appearance for the club in Friday’s 1-1 friendly draw at Wigan Athletic.

Lovren said: “Mane had his injury and we missed him.

“We saw [Salah on Friday] and we will see more of his qualities. He needs more time as he’s only had six days with us and everything is completely new [but] I think he will be perfect in this system.”

Dejan Lovren signed a five-year contract with Liverpool last year

Dejan Lovren signed a five-year contract with Liverpool last year

Dejan Lovren signed a five-year contract with Liverpool last year

He added: “I think they [Salah and Solanke] have their qualities and Jurgen knows what he needs and what the team needs to improve.

“I think he made a good choice. These guys work really hard on the pitch and in training so it is always good to welcome such players like these.

“Quality players are always welcome but we have other players like Mane, Phil (Coutinho) so I think it will be a difficult job to get in the first XI with so many good players.”

with the fee rising to £34.3 million, according to Sky sources, while England U20 World Cup winner Dominic Solanke joined after his contract expired with Chelsea.

Dominic Solanke won the U20 World Cup with England

Dominic Solanke won the U20 World Cup with England

Dominic Solanke won the U20 World Cup with England

Meanwhile, Lovren said his main aim is to improve his fitness so he stays injury-free.

“It is pre-season but the most important thing is to be free of injuries. I want to be 100 per cent,” the Croatia international added.

“I just need some consistency. [Last season] something happened like an injury or illness and then it was two steps back and I needed a good run to be back in shape so I am preparing myself as best I can.

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“I have said many times I am very proud they [Liverpool] believe in me and they have given me a chance to work here. It is a pleasure to be here with this squad.”

“We have such a talented squad, such stars who people want to buy but we are here with a reason – because of the club – and no one wants to go.”


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