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Dejan Lovren is looking to follow in the steps of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana after telling Southampton he wants to join Liverpool.
Reports claim that the powerful centre-back is desperate to link up with Lambert at Anfield, with Saints skipper Lallana also close to leaving for Brendan Rodgers' side, and has submitted a formal transfer request.
The former Lyon star is said to have sent an email to the Southampton hierarchy explaining his desire for Champions League football, and with no manager at the helm after Mauricio Pochettino's departure to Tottenham, could be left in an awkward situation as the club decides how to respond.
The Croatia international, 24, only joined the south-coast club last summer for £7million, but is determined to test himself at the highest level, with a number of clubs including Serie A runners-up Roma interested.
However Liverpool are the favourites for his signature after they landed Lambert for £4million whilst launching a £25million bid for Lallana.