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Dejan Lovren will try to force through a move to Liverpool by not showing up to pre-season training but Southampton are standing firm.
Saints are desperate to hang on to the centre-back and not lose a third player to the Reds, following Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana's moves to Anfield already this summer.
Well-placed local reports claim the Croatia international has no desire to play for the club again, however, and he wants to make the move to Liverpool - but Southampton are so far standing firm and do not want to sell.
Lovren joined from Lyon 12 months ago for £8.5million and went on to establish himself as a quality member of Mauricio Pochettino's side but now the manager has gone and last season's starting XI decimated, Lovren wants out as well, even though he still has three years left on his contract.
Southampton expect the centre-back to return for pre-season training at the end of the month but, as it stands, Lovren intends to stay away to try and force through a move to join up with Brendan Rodgers' squad.
Liverpool have made at least two offers for him but have yet to match Saints' £20m valuation and, while they hope a deal can eventually be reached, Southampton officials are determined not to lose a third player to the Merseysiders at the moment.