Dejan Lovren says that he wanted to jump into the crowd after scoring for Liverpool against Crystal Palace.
On Saturday, Liverpool put in a performance that could be best described as bipolar. The game ranged from the most fluid attacking football to the most bizarre defensive errors that allowed Crystal Palace a chance to win the game.
Ultimately, the visitors returned to Merseyside with three points clutched tightly in their grips but there were periods of the game where Liverpool’s dominance was seriously challenged.
After Emre Can rounded off the neatest of attacking moves, Dejan Lovren reminded us of his tendency to make horrendous mistakes in defence as he made a strange clearance and the ball spun towards goal. James McArthur raced forward and headered the ball over the oncoming Loris Karius and into the net. 1-1.
The expression on Dejan Lovren’s face as the Palace players celebrated was murderous and you could see he was angry with himself. Three minutes later and the Croatian had redeemed himself with a thunderous header past Steve Mandanda. The Liverpool players jumped all over Lovren and he still looked murderous but, this time, you could see he was slightly less angry with himself.
For the rest of the game, Lovren was imperious. After making such a calamitous error, it was clear that he was hellbent on making sure he put another foot wrong.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Lovren was fuming and wanted to jump into the crowd after restoring Liverpool’s lead.
“I was angry, I was definitely angry,” Lovren said. “The lads asked me in the dressing room: ‘What did you want to do when you scored the goal?’ I said: ‘I wanted to jump into the crowd!’
“I don’t know why. Where? In with the Palace fans? I don’t know, I didn’t know what to do!
“It was a moment of…… because I’d say I didn’t deserve this, you know.
“I said to myself it’s not possible, I am working too hard to make a mistake like that and to lose the game.
“I just forgot it and I kept on moving. I said I was angry and I wanted to score that goal.”
Lovren’s response from the mistake he made is testament to the transformation he has made as a Liverpool player in the last 12 months. 15 months ago, he would have buckled and struggled with Palace all game and instead, he came out and proved a point: he’s good enough to partner Joel Matip in the centre of defence.
Despite having conceded 13 goals in 10 games, which is more than any other top six side, Liverpool have looked much better defensively with Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren paired together at the back. With James Milner likely to replace Alberto Moreno for the match against Watford, Liverpool will have their regular back five back in place and ready to extend their unbeaten run to 12 games in all competitions.