Dejan Lovren continued his Premier League title with Liverpool by winning the Russian top flight title as captain of Zenit St Petersburg, nine months after his arrival.
It was a quiet final campaign on Merseyside for Lovren, but 10 Premier League appearances earned him a medal winner in June.
A month later, the Croatian was on the move, with Zenit signing a £ 10.9million deal with Liverpool to end their six-year stay with the club – with blessing from Jurgen Klopp.
He moved to play regular first-team football, and Lovren enjoyed that in Russia, even inheriting the captaincy in November when Artem Dzyuba was stripped of the armband in November.
The injury has sidelined the 31-year-old in recent weeks but it was part of the celebrations as Zenit sealed the Russian.
This is Lovren’s third high-profile career trophy, and his second in consecutive seasons, and after the game he said silverware justified his decision to move.
“It is for this reason that I came to Zenit. My second trophy in the first season (Lovren won the Russian Super Cup in August), ”he wrote.
“Congratulations to the whole team, coaches and all club employees.
“Dear fans, thank you for your support throughout the season, you have made long trips where the temperatures were extremely low, and we were not at our level, it shows how much you care about the club. “
Former teammates such as Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Jordon Ibe and Jose Enrique were among those who praised Lovren, with private messages no doubt exchanged with current Liverpool players watching a social media boycott .
Zenit have two more games to play before the end of the season, but will not be able to exceed their total of 72 points from last quarter, with a maximum of 67 available.