In an Instagram story, Lovren posted the private message which read: "I'm gonna murder ur family u Croatian p****."Follow @cnnsportThe defender then wrote: "I don't mind when people talk s*** about me, it says more about them!"But I cannot ignore when my family is threatened. I just can't and won't accept that."Merseyside Police told CNN that Lovren has yet to officially report the abusive message he'd received, while Instagram was not immediately available for comment.READ: Liverpool players need to stand up and be counted
Lovren has endured a difficult start to the season.In a recent English Premier League game against Tottenham, he was substituted after 31 minutes with Liverpool losing 2-0 — his side went on to lose 4-1 in a woeful performance at Wembley. He had been named to start Saturday's game against Huddersfield, which Liverpool went on to win 3-0, but had to withdraw after suffering an injury in the warm-up.READ: Mourinho vs. Klopp — Poles apart but on the same missionEarlier in the season the 28-year-old Croat admitted to taking painkillers to get through some games.Visit CNN.com/sport for more news and videos"I have problems with my whole body for the last two weeks, my back and now I have hurt my Achilles tendon," Lovren told the Croatian paper Sportske Novosti."I am taking pills so I can play — five before every game. I play but I cannot train at all. That's why I skipped matches against Manchester City and Burnley."Lovren joined Liverpool in July 2014 in a $26.5 million transfer and has made over 100 appearances for the Merseyside club in all competitions.