The Reds are to take on Tranmere Rovers in their first game of a busy pre-season schedule on Wednesday evening and the defensive pair are looking forward to being out on the pitch again.

Lovren, who returned to Melwood for the first time on Saturday, was part of Liverpool’s first choice centre back partnership last season and is eager to establish himself as a regular part of Jürgen Klopp’s first XI for the upcoming campaign too.

The Croatian missed a training session at Melwood on Monday morning, it is unclear if he has sustained an injury, but nevertheless, he’s looking forward to the Reds’ return to action at Prenton Park on Wednesday.

First session done ✔️with a smile 😁

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“It’s always good to play in the beginning against ‘smaller’ teams, just to feel of the ball, to feel the team, see how we react in some situations and how we breathe like a team.”

“We did it quite well last season, we had a couple of really quite good games, but then it depends on every one of us so hopefully we’ll do (well) again. The most important thing is to not get injured.”

“It’s never easy, I think, in England, especially against ‘smaller’ teams (as) they want to prove to everyone else that they can compete against Liverpool and that’s fair enough.”

“But then, the quality depends on us, and like I said last year we did quite well.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Sunday, May 21, 2017: Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren in action against Middlesbrough during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lovren also told Liverpoolfc.com that he enjoys playing pre-season matches closer to home before the club head off on tour.

“I would say it’s good to be here, we have a lot of supporters here around Liverpool, not just in Liverpool, so I think the fans and other supporters enjoy coming to watch us and it’s always good to play in front of full stadiums in pre-season.”

“It’s great (to be back), to be honest, I missed this place a lot. It’s great to be back with the lads and to have a chat. It’s great to work again and hopefully everyone will be fit,” he continued.

“(Pre-season training is) enjoyable because you’re not alone, you’re working hard with your teammates, but also at the same time it’s quite hard physically. But it’s important to be fit and to be ready for a long season.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Sunday, May 21, 2017: Liverpool’s substitute Ragnar Klavan warms-up during the FA Premier League match against Middlesbrough at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Ragnar Klavan is also looking forward to testing himself during Wednesday’s match. The Estonian has been at Liverpool for a year now and has been speaking to Liverpoolfc.com about his targets for the new season.

“Give my best and help the team as much as I can.”

“These games are really important to us achieving the goal of being ready for the beginning of the season.”

“(Pre-season) games are not easy because we have a little bit harder training under us but they’re really, really important.”

“Everybody’s at the same level so that’s good.”

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