Lovren: Perisic joining Liverpool would be ‘great’

Sarah Winterburn

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren says that his fellow Croatian Ivan Perisic would be welcomed “with open arms” on Merseyside.

Perisic has been strongly linked with Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, and a move to Anfield would certainly get Lovren’s seal of approval.

He has scored nine Serie A goals for Inter Milan this season, largely from the left wing.

“We players do not know anything about [transfers] until it happens. That’s always the case,” said Lovren. “But a player like Perisic moving to Liverpool would be great. He is a top-quality player.

“At Liverpool, all the players would welcome him with open arms.

“Obviously I do not know if it is true. But what I can say is that he has exceptional football skills, knowledge and a higher than average quality.”

Perisic reportedly met Jose Mourinho to talk about a possible £35m move to Manchester United last week.