Dejan Lovren
Lovren was impressive during Liverpool's opening game against SouthamptonReuters

Dejan Lovren claims he turned down lucrative offers from other clubs to join Liverpool.

The defender, who moved to the Reds from Southampton in a £20 million deal this summer, managed to impress on his debut at Anfield, with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praising the Croatia international after the club's 2-1 win over his former club Saints in their opening fixture of the new season.

And Lovren has now revealed that he rejected several other offers, which were financially better, to play under Rodgers at Liverpool.

"I had better offers financially but from the first day I said I want to come to Liverpool. I want to achieve something here because I know this club is big and Brendan Rodgers is a great manager," the 25-year-old told ESPN.

"There is a lot of talent here - amazing players - and last season they showed they can do something. I'm really confident in this team."

Lovren made 31 appearances in the Premier League last season, scoring two goals, helping the Saints to an impressive eighth place finish.

Meanwhile, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge feels that the Reds do have the quality in their squad to score the same amount of goals they scored in the league last season.

The Merseyside club ended the 2013/14 Premier League campaign with 101 goals, with Luis Suarez and Sturridge leading the scoring charts with 31 and 21 goals respectively.

However, after Suarez's departure, there are doubts on whether Liverpool will be able to repeat a similar performance up front this season.

Still Sturridge, who opened his account by netting a goal against Southampton on Sunday, is confident that the Reds will continue their attacking style of football this season, despite the departure of Suarez.

"It's important for me and the other lads to step up. It's important, as a collective unit, that we all provide the goals. As long as we score goals and defend well, we'll get the results we need," Sturridge told Sky Sports.

The 24-year-old also went on to praise the performance of Raheem Sterling, who opened Liverpool's account against Southampton on Sunday.

"Raheem showed his cool head to finish today and he showed it throughout pre-season as well. I'm glad that he has continued the goalscoring into the season. As the manager says, he's improving all the time," the former Chelsea striker added.

"We have shown today that we can win games, we can score goals and we defended well - we were just unlucky to concede a goal. With players that are producing the goods, we'll be OK this season."

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