Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has addressed the controversial plans for a European Super League.

Liverpool have confirmed they have agreed to be one of 12 founding members of the competition, which is hoped to start “as soon as practicable”.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are also part of the group from England.

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid are involved from La Liga, while AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus also feature from Serie A.

In a statement released on Sunday night, Liverpool said: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm that we have joined Europe's leading clubs in agreeing to form a new competition, the European Super League.

“We are committed to working with all stakeholders, particularly supporters, as plans for the competition develop.”

Lovren left Liverpool last summer to join Zenit St Petersburg, ending his six-year stay at Anfield.

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The former Reds centre-back says football is on the verge of a “complete collapse”, and clearly does not agree with the controversial plans.

Lovren wrote on Twitter: “Football will be in the near future on a brink of complete collapse. Nobody is thinking about the bigger picture, only the financial side.

“I still believe we can solve this unpleasant situation.”