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Liverpool New Boy Dejan Lovren Forced To Train With Development Squad

Reds stopper trains with kids after visa clanger.

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New Liverpool player Dejan Lovren is already being made to train with the kids after he failed to obtain a visa to enter the United States for the club’s pre-season tour, the Daily Star reports.

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The Croatia centre-half signed for the Reds for £20m but has been made to wait before he links up with his new team-mates.

Lovren, who finally joined the club on Sunday, did not have the necessary travel documents and has been forced to stay behind in Merseyside and will not get to meet the rest of the senior squad until they return.

“Unfortunately he can’t come out here because I don’t think he has got his visa to travel out,” manager Brendan Rodgers said.

“He is working back at Melwood with the staff and he will be ready to join us whenever we get back.”

Lovren was told that it would take up to ten days to obtain a new visa, and the player admitted his frustration over the turn of events.

“Unfortunately I could not get a visa straight away,” he said.

“Therefore I can not join my team-mates in the US – I am sad because of that.

“Of course it’s not good that I have not joined the team’s preparations in the US.

“However, I have plenty of days until their return from the tour.

“I will train with the Under 21 team in Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers will send a programme for me.”

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