I can remember the excitement distinctly when it was announced that Liverpool had signed Dejan Lovren for £20 million. Cries of celebration for in many fans eyes Liverpool now had a proven Centre Back of a high quality, 2 years on it certainly doesn’t seem like it, does it?
He started his Liverpool career with a bang, scoring his first goal for Liverpool against Borussia Dortmund in a friendly at Anfield. The passion fans had for him was almost immediately felt and Anfield could not wait to see the big man in action that season. However Lovren far from shone in a Liverpool shirt at first and soon a bad start became a terrible year for the Croatian and it now looks like a terrible year has become almost permanent. So what happened to the man many clubs were chasing following a heroic season with Southampton? When did he become such a liability? So nervous?
Lovren slips putting Bolaise through on goal
It would seem that a player can not simply lose all his ability over the course of a season but rather that it is in fact just a drop, no matter how long for, in form. In actual fact Lovren has only made thirty-one appearances for Liverpool in his time with the club and apart from maybe when he first arrived, he hasn’t been given much of a run in the team to adjust and prove himself. As much as I love Sakho his injury could be somewhat a good thing, at least for Lovren anyway, as he now has an almost certain first team position secured for the next 6 weeks which gives him the chance to repair his reputation at Anfield. He did not stand out as being great against City but mistakes on his part were kept to a minimum and I think he carried out his duty in defence well enough, although I think it’s fair to say that Sktrel was the main man in defence in that match.
I still believe Dejan can become a success at Liverpool. Klopp himself has recently jumped in to defend the Croatian against criticism saying,
“I saw his first game for Liverpool – it was against Dortmund when we lost by four. He was brilliant on that day. I’d heard not the best things about him since but during my time here he’s looked strong and everything is OK.”
I think Klopp’s right in saying this, Lovren has looked somewhat improved under his management already. A change in management probably suits Lovren as it gives him a fresh start. He hasn’t been great this season but he’s only featured 8 times in the league remember, and we wouldn’t expect any other players to adjust to quickly? So why do we assume that Lovren should just fit into the team perfectly?
Klopp embracing Lovren
I don’t think much has happened in terms of his quality. In fact I think at times it is mainly down to the way fans and pundits talk about him, analysing seemingly every single error he makes, no matter how small. Yes Lovren did not start well at Liverpool but the situation was made a million times worse by the criticism he came under by even his own fans. Now fans seem to hate him completely. Blaming him for every mistake made in defence.
In all honesty I still find it hard to understand the hatred felt for Lovren, despite his poor performances. He gives his all throughout every single minute on the pitch and loves the club with a passion. Even when he’s not on the field and Liverpool score he still celebrates like he’s part of that starting eleven. He played well on Sunday and I’m sure that will give him some much needed confidence for going into the next few games. He loves playing for us and wants to prove what he can offer but that’s made difficult when even your own fans put you down.
Written by @lfcfan00