Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has been charged with perjury in a trial against Dinamo Zagreb club officials – an offence that carries up to five years in jail.

The Croatian state attorney’s office in the eastern city of Osijek confirmed that Lovren has been charged with giving false testimony

As is a usual practice in Croatia, the statement did not name Lovren but said it charged a 29-year-old Croatian citizen, citing details from his testimony given a year ago.

In March this year, the state attorney also charged another Croatia international, Real Madrid’s midfielder Luka Modric, for false testimony in the same case.

Lovren testified at the trial of a tax official and three former senior officials from Zagreb, including its former chief executive Zdravko Mamic, about the dates of signing the annexes to his professional contracts which regulated transfer fees.

The Dinamo officials were charged with avoiding paying €1.6m in taxes and diverting €15m from the club. All of them denied any wrongdoing. 

Lovren moved to Lyon from Dinamo Zagreb in 2010 and then joined Southampton in 2013 and Liverpool a year later.

He and Modric both played in the Croatia team that was defeated 4-2 by France in the 2018 World Cup final.

A conviction for false testimony brings a jail term of between six months and five years. Former Dinamo boss Zdravko Mamic fled to neighbouring Bosnia earlier this year briefly before being sentenced to prison in Croatia.

No one was available a Liverpool to comment on the case.