'A dream come true!' Dejan Lovren signs 'long-term' contract extension with Liverpool

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Dejan Lovren was awful last weekend, but having just been rewarded with a new and improved contract - Liverpool's sense of timing is as questionable as their set-piece defending - the Croatian could really do with bouncing back with a dominant display against Deeney.

Lovren signed a contract extension on Friday and the new deal will keep him at the club until 2021. He will earn just under £100,000 a week.

"No, it's not unfair, it is the situation", Klopp said.

"We are not here just to play the games and to be in the middle of nowhere because of the quality of the team and a top manager, who won nearly everything with Dortmund", he told liverpoolfc.com.

"I've known him for probably more than a year and how it is with boys at his age, they grow and that's good".

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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster has made "outstanding steps" this season but may have to wait until next term for his Premier League debut. "They're really happy about it".

"I can imagine what he means but they have played a similar season to what we had past year, although unfortunately we were not in a position to play for Champions League", he told reporters.

"If Dejan played for another club you'd think about signing him", said the former Borussia Dortmund manager, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

The Reds head into the game looking to bounce back from the disappointment of their 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Anfield last weekend as their hopes of Champions League qualification took a blow. "It's a long old dig to get up here and we've got a moral responsibility to play a lot better than that". Atletico Madrid was victorious in the 2013-14 season, and like the other two giants, the Rojiblancos have translated their strong domestic form into deep runs in the UEFA Champions League. "It's a bit like when I go to Leeds, being an ex-United player who comes from Bradford". The Reds now occupy third place in the league but if Manchester United and Manchester City win at the weekend, then they could be out of the Champions League places come kick-off.

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