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Zenit defender Lovren: How Klopp brought one Liverpool teen down to earth with a thud

Zenit St Petersburg defender Dejan Lovren has recalled how Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp brought one of his young players down to earth with a thud.

Lovren, who departed Liverpool last year to sign for Russian club Zenit St Petersburg, played under Klopp for five years.

And it was in 2017 when a youngster arrived for the first day of pre-season, only to catch Klopp's eye for the wrong reasons.

Speaking to Zenit's official website, Lovren said: "I will tell you a short story. In 2017, on the first day of preseason training with Liverpool, one 18-year-old player, I will not name him, came to training in a Mercedes with a gold Rolex on his wrist."

Lovren then recounted the conversation with Klopp saying: "'What car did you come here in?'

"'A Mercedes,' the youngster replied.

"'What's that on your wrist?' Klopp asked.

"'A Rolex.'

"'How many matches have you played for the first team?' Klopp asked.

"'None,' replied the teenager."

Lovren continued by joking: "Yeah, he came in with two gold watches! The next day he arrived without a watch and a normal car."

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