Gary Neville says that Dejan Lovren is a top central defender on his day and that his passion while playing for Croatia is to be praised.
The 29-year-old was absolutely immense for Liverpool on their way to the UEFA Champions League final last season but has been usurped as Virgil van Dijk’s centre back partner by a man eight years his junior.
Joe Gomez has emerged as a key performer this season after a 2017/18 season that was largely hit and miss. Being forced to play at right back helped the Englishman’s positional awareness while his aerial presence still needs improvement.
Speaking about the defender on Sky Sports, Gary Neville said: “He was a little bit gobby in the World Cup, wasn’t he?
I have to say that for me with Lovren, when he was at Southampton I absolutely loved him. And when Liverpool signed him it didn’t surprise me at all.
“I think it took him time to settle in. I think now he actually seems to be getting better again. He’s passionate about playing for his country. I did think that he and [Domagoj] Vida at the World Cup would struggle, I thought he would give them more problems.
“But they did quite well in the game in the end. He’s confident in himself, he’s got a lot of belief. To be fair, when he’s at his best he’s a top centre half.”