On Monday, Dejan Lovren signed a three-year contract with Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg, where he will arrive after six years spent in Liverpool, with whom he won the title of European champion in 2019 and the title of champion of England, and from whom he said goodbye with an emotional message on Instagram.
“Playing for this amazing club was a privilege, it comes with responsibility. Wearing the badge was an honour. The last six years have been a crazy ride. We have been through it all, our relationship has been evolving and was a source of intense feelings…,” wrote the Croatian national team player at the beginning of his goodbye letter in which he stated that optimism, desire, togetherness and honest hard-work brought them to the heights of domestic and European Football.
“Before I first walked through the doors of Melwood I promised myself I would give all I have to ensure that one day I could look back and have the satisfaction of knowing I have given everything to the club that opened its doors to me. Today it is my turn to say goodbye to Liverpool FC. Although I am no longer a team member, I don’t look at this as an end to our relationship. We have written history together and our memories will last forever,” continued Dejan Lovren thanking the club, supporters and citizens of Liverpool.
He told his teammates that there was incredible competition in training and amazing support off the field. He thanked Coach Jürgen Klopp for his leadership and inspiration and for building unbreakable self-confidence in him and the team.
He thanked the supporters even though he was often their target.
There has been a lot of love and criticism, and I respect each and every one of you, rest assured all I ever wanted to do is Win, and Win we did!, wrote Lovren and added: “I will miss the spirit of the club, the city, the people. I will see you around my friends, and I wish you all the best.”
Lovren ended his goodbye letter with four letters woven into the club’s history – YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone).