Liverpool signs Dejan Lovren
Liverpool have announced the signing of Croatian center back Dejan Lovren for a reported fee of £20 million ($33.9m).
Lovren, 25, will be Liverpool's fifth signing of the summer transfer window, joining Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.
The 25-year-old joined Southampton last season following an £8.5 million deal from Lyon, and he scored the lone goal in Liverpool's first loss of the season against the Saints.
Lovren's hefty transfer fee sees the Croatian become the club's most expensive defender, and he was thrilled to join Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.
"I'm happy and glad to be here. I'm proud and can't wait to start. I know we have millions and millions of supporters - Liverpool is more than a club," Lovren told the official club website.
"After I played at Anfield last season, I said to myself: 'One day I hope I'll be able to play here for Liverpool.' The fans will know from the first minute that I'm a player that will give 100 percent on the pitch."
The Croatian defender will provide adequate cover to a feeble defense, as Liverpool prepares for the upcoming season without Luis Suarez.