“Rewarding mediocrity” – Liverpool fans react to Dejan Lovren’s new contract

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Dejan Lovren‘s new £100,000 per week, four-year contract extension raised more than a few eyebrows among Liverpool fans on Friday morning.

Fresh from being directly at fault for the two goals conceded against Cyrstal Palace, the Croatian centre-back has been rewarded with a new lucrative contract.

The 27-year-old says “I am pretty sure we will see each other in the Champions League” and “I want to be remembered as a player who gave everything on the pitch just to fight for this club.”

The new contract was announced on Liverpool’s official website like a high-profile signing, with a full photo shoot, two interviews, a ‘career in photos’ and even a quiz on the centre-back.

Most fans though are struggling to see the positives with the new deal:

“Why are we offering these wages for an average centre back.”
Gerard Walsh on Facebook.

“Yet again Liverpool rewards players for mediocrity, first it was Mignolet and now Lovren just signed a contract extension after a horror show last Sunday. And people wonder why LFC is not moving forward.”
Emmanuel Gidudu in the comments.

“God help us this guy causes 85% of our conceded goals”
Dudukani Magongoa on Facebook.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, May 4, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Dejan Lovren during a press conference at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Villarreal CF. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There were though some more positive reactions:

“Good option for us… He always turns up in the big games and considering the lack of CB’s in the world we need to keep hold of what we have and SIGN VAN DIJK.”
Roshan Gembali on Facebook.

“Good news…. I think Lovren would make a solid no3 cb for LFC and we should be keeping players like him to pad out the squad and add a bit of depth.”
Chris Lee on Facebook.

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