Koeman admits unsettled Liverpool target Lovren could leave

The Croatia international has already gone public with his desire to move to Anfield this summer, though his new manager is determined to keep the club's best players

Ronald Koeman is determined to keep want-away defender Dejan Lovren at Southampton but concedes he will not have the final say over the player's future.

The Croatia international last week stated "my head is already at Liverpool" after claiming that the Merseyside club had a £20 million offer for him rejected.

But Goal revealed on Wednesday that Lovren will complete his move to Anfield in the coming days as Brendan Rodgers attempts to bring in more new faces following the record sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

Southampton manager Koeman says he has been in contact with Lovren and expects the 25-year-old to join his team-mates on a pre-season trip to Holland and Belgium, amid reports that the former Lyon man could go on strike in order to get his move to Anfield.

"I have spoken to Dejan and I want to keep him. He has a contract. He knows he has to come back." said former Netherlands defender Koeman.

"Liverpool have a lot of money after the transfer of Luis Suarez and they will spend some money.

"I have to do everything to keep the best players but the decision is for the board."

Lovren arrived at St Mary's from Ligue 1 side Lyon just 13 months ago on a four-year deal and made 31 Premier League appearances in his debut season in English football.