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Dejan Lovren | Defensemen

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/5/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 185

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Dejan Lovren has completed his move to Liverpool for a fee of £20m.
Liverpool have acquired yet another Southampton player, this time center-back Dejan Lovren. Lovren is a very solid defender who had an incredible season last year and should help Liverpool's average defense. Liverpool were great in attack last season but can certainly use an upgrade in defense and Lovren should provide immediate help. Lovren will likely be a starter on day one and should have solid fantasy value throughout the season. Jul 27 - 5:27 PM
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Dejan Lovren's Croatia were eliminated by Mexico in a big 3-1 loss that saw the Croatians collapse in the last 20 minutes.

Croatia was the slightly better team in the first half but couldn't capitalize on their chances and seemed to tire out from pressing high up the pitch. Once tired, Croatia collapsed. They conceded three goals in 10 minutes and then let emotions run high with poor tackling and mistakes. Ante Rebic was sent off for a nasty tackle that saw him get a straight red card. Ivan Perisic scored a consolation goal but it wasn't enough as Croatia finish third in the group ahead of Cameroon and behind Brazil and Mexico.
Source: FIFA
Jun 23 - 5:56 PM

Croatia Starting XI: Pletikosa; Srna, Corluka, Lovren, Vrsaljko; Modric, Pranjic; Perisic, Rakitic, Olic, Mandzukic.

Dejan Lovren starts as Croatia take on Mexico in a must win game. Croatia make the round of 16 with a win but are eliminated with a loss or a draw.
Jun 23 - 3:09 PM

Croatia bounced back from an opening night loss to Brazil with a convincing 0-4 defeat of Cameroon.

The win sets up a battle with Mexico for the right to advance to the Round of 16, provided that hosts Brazil come away with a least a point against a weak Cameroon side. Mexico would need only a draw thanks to the draw they earned with the hosts while the Croatians will need an out-and-out win. With Mario Mandzukic in the side (he scored twice today) Croatia certainly pose as a formidable opponent. Dejan Lovren acquitted himself well and will try to stop El Tri.
Jun 18 - 8:02 PM

Croatia XI: Pletikosa, Pranjic, Perisic, Corluka, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric, Srna, Mandzukic, Olic, Sammir

The big change here is Mario Mandzukic, normally Croatia's nailed-on striker, returns to start after serving a suspension in the opening match. Both sides here desperately need three points but a draw would prevent either from elimination tonight.
Jun 18 - 6:19 PM

Dejan Lovren put in a good shift for Croatia against a tricky Brazilian attack but he was the defender responsible for "bringing down" Fred in the box and setting up the penalty that proved to be the game-winner for the hosts.

Of the goals Croatia allowed, one was influenced by the referee, and the other two could be argued to be the goalkeeper's fault for letting in. Otherwise, Lovren and the rest of the defensive unit fought hard but Brazil had the ball too often to keep them down. Meanwhile, the attack, led by Nikica Jelavic created many promising chances but the finishing was not there. Jelavic will almost certainly give way to Mario Mandzukic when they face Cameroon next.
Jun 12 - 6:14 PM

Dejan Lovren is expected to be available for Sunday's match against Tottenham.

Lovren suffered a groin injury in the Saints' last match but the injury is not considered serious and he is expected to play Sunday. Lovren is a good fantasy option on most weeks but there are much better options this weekend. Southampton only have one match, a tough one at that, while there are defenders out there in a similar price range with two matches in the gameweek.
Mar 21 - 2:48 PM

Dejan Lovren's return wasn't enough to keep Liverpool out and Southampton ended up losing 3-0 at home.

Lovren did well but Liverpool were too good in this one. Southampton face Crystal Palace next week and Lovren will be a much better fantasy option then. The Saints remain comfortable in ninth place and seem to be headed towards a midtable finish. Victor Wanyama also returned from injury but only made a short appearance off the bench that was capped off with a yellow card.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 1 - 2:51 PM

Dejan Lovren is fit and available for selection after remaining on the bench last week.

Lovren just recovered from an ankle injury but has been in training for more than a week and should be ready to start against Liverpool. The chances of Southampton keeping a clean sheet are close to none, but Lovren has proven he can get points in other ways, making him an acceptable option if you choose to go with him. Have a backup ready just in case he is left on the bench again.
Feb 28 - 1:59 PM

Dejan Lovren made the bench in Southampton's loss to West Ham but did not come on to the pitch.

Southampton found themselves two goals behind so bringing on a defender wouldn't have made much sense. With a week until Southampton's next Premier League match, Lovren should have enough time to get fully fit for a start. Maya Yoshida, who scored his first Premier League goal today, will probably be the one to move back to the bench.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 22 - 3:33 PM

Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez could be fit enough to make the bench for Southampton's match against West Ham.

Lovren and Ramirez have been missing for a while with ankle injuries but are back to training and could make the game squad tomorrow. If either of them returns, they will certainly be on the bench and won't likely play for long. Neither is usable in fantasy for this match.
Source: DailyEcho
Feb 21 - 5:34 PM

Southampton assistant coach Jesus Perez has given a timeline of six to eight weeks for center-back Dejan Lovren.

This is worse than was initially rumored and is certainly a blow for the Saints. Unless Southampton add reinforcements, I think this injury rules them out from contending for a top six spot. Lovren has been one of the best players on the team this year and they have trouble defending without him. Maya Yoshida should be his replacement in the starting lineup but doesn't hold fantasy value as big as Lovren's.
Jan 23 - 8:35 AM

Dejan Lovren has been ruled out for three to four weeks due to the ankle injury he suffered against Sunderland last weekend.

The time frame comes from the Croatian FA and there is no official time scale from the club, but it certainly sounds like Lovren will be out for a while. Maya Yoshida will most likely start at center-back while Lovren is out and will hold some fantasy value, mainly because of his £6.06M price tag. Artur Boruc, along with the entire Saints defense, will not be as valuable while Lovren is out.
Source: DailyEcho
Jan 22 - 8:52 PM

Dejan Lovren was expected to go to the hospital to assess the seriousness of the injury he suffered against Sunderland but that wasn't needed.

Lovren did leave the stadium in a protective boot and the injury could still cause him to miss time but it is certainly good news that he didn't have to go to the hospital. Southampton's next Premier League game is 10 days from now so make sure to check back for an updated status closer to the game. If he can't go, expect Maya Yoshida to replace him in the starting lineup.
Source: DailyEcho
Jan 19 - 12:32 PM

Jay Rodriguez and Dejan Lovern both scored pretty goals to put Southampton up 2-0 but they couldn't hold the lead and had to settle for a draw at the Stadium of Light.

Everything appeared to be going to plan for the Saints in Saturday's early kick off. They were dominating play and scored two fine goals - volleys from both Rodriguez from open play and Lovern from a corner. They way the match went early, it appeared it could have ended 4-0 or even more to the away team but Sunderland responded quickly against the run of play and eventually scored a spectacular equalizer from Adam Johnson for the final 2-2 scoreline.
Jan 18 - 10:36 AM