Liverpool FC have released information for a timely and powerful documentary with centre-back Dejan Lovren, documenting his young life as a refugee.
Lovren’s family fled war-torn Bosnia for Germany in 1992, when Lovren was just a toddler.
The Liverpool defender first spoke about his life as a refugee in an interview with Tony Barrett last November, and now LFCTV have further documented his story.
“I wish I could explain everything what happened,” said the 27-year-old. “You hear so many stories, but nobody knows the real truth. It just happened.
“It just changed everything through the night – war between everyone, between three different cultures. People just changed – we heard so many stories on the radio and the television.
“I just remember when the sirens went on. I was so scared because I was thinking ‘bombs’ or that something will happen now.
“I remember my mum took me and we went to the basement, I don’t know how long we’d been sitting there, I think it was until the sirens went off. Afterwards, I remember mum, my uncle, my uncle’s wife, we took the car and then we were driving to Germany.”
'Lovren: My Life as a Refugee' – Coming February 8
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In his previous interview, Lovren explained: “We went with practically nothing apart from the clothes that we were wearing. We had no bags. Nothing.”
Speaking in November about the refugee crisis in Syria, he said: “my first instinct is always that we should give them a chance.”
* ‘Lovren: My Life as a Refugee’ airs Wednesday February 8 at 22:00 GMT on LFCTV.
The documentary will also be free to watch on demand on LFCTV GO globally from the same time.