Jurgen Klopp ‘handed out a brutal putdown to a flashy Liverpool youngster who arrived for pre-season training in a Mercedes with a Rolex’, claims former Reds centre back Dejan Lovren
- Dejan Lovren revealed the incident occured ahead of pre-season training in 2017
- Central defender Lovren played under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool for five years
- He left in 2020 is now plying his trade at Russian club Zenit St Petersburg
Dejan Lovren has lifted the lid on how Jurgen Klopp kept an unnamed Liverpool teenager grounded after they turned up to training in a Mercedes and wearing a Rolex.
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.
Dejan Lovren has revealed Jurgen Klopp was unimpressed with a flashy Liverpool teenager
Lovren played under Klopp for five years and won the Premier League in his final season
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.
‘How many matches have you played for the first team?’ Klopp asked.
‘None,’ replied the teenager.
Lovren left Anfield in 2020 for Russia and is now plying his trade with Zenit St Petersburg
Lovren continued by joking: ‘Yeah, he came in with two gold watches! The next day he arrived without a watch and a normal car.’
Lovren left Liverpool after playing 15 times in all competitions for the club in the 2019-20 season.
The Croatia international, who joined from Southampton, won the Premier League and the Champions League at the club.