Lovren leaves Liverpool for Zenit on three-year deal

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has joined Russian Premier League side Zenit on a three-year deal.

The 31-year-old joined the new English Premier League champions in 2014 from Southampton and went on to make 185 appearances for the Merseyside club, scoring eight goals.

The Croatia international enjoyed a trophy-laden final two seasons at the club, winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Premier League.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told the Reds' official website: "Another Liverpool legend has left the club, because he was absolutely a very important part of this team.

"From the first day, I remember when we played with [Borussia] Dortmund against Liverpool in a pre-season friendly and Dejan scored with a header with incredible power.

"That was the image in my mind when I came here and thought about the defenders we had.

"A great player, great person. We will miss him; he's a model athlete. He has everything you need. But now he goes to Russia."

Zenit have reportedly paid around €12 million (A$20m) for the centre-back.

Source Omnisport