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Lovren focused on finishing season with Liverpool after testing times

Dejan Lovren insists he is focused on finishing the season with Liverpool.

The Croatian has been linked with an exit from Anfield, with the Reds looking to cash in before his contract expires in 2021.

Despite slipping down the pecking order, the centre-back wants to finish strongly with the imminent Premier League champions.

He told Sky Sports: "I'm always ready. If someone is injured and coming off, I'm ready to step in and show my quality. I think I proved that last season, when Joe Gomez or Joel Matip were injured and I came in and played.

"My goal is to play and to win as many trophies as possible. But at the moment the focus is just to win the next two games and be champions. After that, we will see what happens."

On struggling for game time recently, Lovren said: "It has been a test for me.

"But in these moments, I think you should stick with the team even more, to show your quality even if you are not on the pitch with the first XI. The next day in training, you should give everything, just to respect your team-mates.

"Of course, it's not the happiest moment when I see myself on the bench, but it's the decision of the manager. I respect it and I am always the guy who will work 200 per cent behind closed doors.

"It's just part of football. If 20 players could play, it would be nice, but there are only 11 places. Whoever is in the best shape will play and that's fair enough."

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