The Croatian has been a much-discussed figure during his time at the club, with wild swings in form and fitness hampering his attempts to become an undisputed starter.
Put to Klopp that recent reports suggested the defender would have an extra year added to his contract to preserve transfer value, the boss wouldn’t discuss the specifics of players’ deals, but highlighted the need for depth.
“Dejan played for us outstanding games and is a very important part of the squad,” Klopp told reporters ahead of the Arsenal game.
“[I have] nothing to say on the contract situation because there’s nothing to discuss in public. Dejan is a player of LFC and we need him.
“It’s always like this, we have four centre-halves and we play usually with two of them. But we needed all four always, so it’s a very important role.
“In this moment with Joel [Matip] injured we have only three, Dejan had a little issue last two weeks, so that’s what you need. You need the quality we have at centre-half to be successful.”
While that is unquestionably true, especially with Matip again sidelined, it still doesn’t answer the riddle of the coming transfer window.
Lovren clearly wants more game time and his admiration for Klopp and happiness at being at Liverpool isn’t going to outweigh that desire to play this time around.
He stayed last year an extra season despite wanting to leave, but not even 1200 minutes on the pitch this year means he’ll surely be off if a buyer is found this summer.
And, as Klopp notes, Liverpool need four centre-backs—which means an incoming addition will be required to fill the void.