Liverpool sign defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton

Reuters| Last Updated: Jul 28, 2014, 10:17 AM IST

London: Liverpool`s raid on Britain`s south coast continued with the capture of Southampton`s Croatian defender Dejan Lovren on Sunday for a reported 20 million pounds ($33.95 million).

"The 25-year-old Croatian international today put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the Reds after completing his medical.

Liverpool, runners-up to Manchester City last season and preparing for a return to the Champions League after an absence of nearly five years, have also signed striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana from Southampton.

"It`s a dream come true. I`m happy and glad to be here. I`m proud and can`t wait to start. I know we have millions and millions of supporters - Liverpool is more than a club," Lovren, whose career began at Dinamo Zagreb, said.

"After I played at Anfield last season, I said to myself: `One day I hope I`ll be able to play here for Liverpool`. The fans will know from the first minute that I`m a player that will give 100 percent on the pitch."

Lovren was part of the Croatia squad for this year`s World Cup finals in Brazil and was unluckily adjudged to have tripped Brazil striker Fred to concede a controversial penalty in the opening match when the score was 1-1.

Croatia eventually lost 3-1 and bowed out in the group stage.

Liverpool have been on a spending spree this off-season after they recouped around 81 million euros ($108.77 million) by selling striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona this month.

They reportedly pulled out of signing France striker Loic Remy from promoted Queens Park Rangers earlier on Sunday after a medical exam [nL6N0PU10C].

Lovren made 31 appearances for Southampton since signing from French club Olympique Lyon last year.