It is no secret that Liverpool fans don’t have the utmost faith in Dejan Lovren. The Croatian centre back has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield since the arrival of Virgil van Dijk and the ascent of Joel Matip.
When Jürgen Klopp confirmed that the Reds will be without Matip for a number of weeks, Kopites were less than impressed when Lovren was selected as his replacement over Joe Gomez. However, recent performances have shown that the gaffer made a good call in restoring the World Cup finalist to the lineup.
Lovren has been selected for some of the Reds biggest games since Joel Matip’s injury. His run in the side didn’t start magnificently, he was at fault for the only goal that Liverpool conceded away at Genk. The Belgian side pressed him late in the game and he carelessly gave the ball away in a key area.
Since the win over Genk, the ex-Southampton defender has lined up against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City for the Reds.
Against Spurs he was solid, he barely put a foot wrong throughout the game. Dejan was unlucky to have played a hand in Tottenham’s early opening goal – Son Heung Min’s shot ricocheted off the defender before striking the post and falling to Harry Kane.
Lovren had an impressive game against Man City at the weekend. The Blues boast one of the most frightening front lines in world football, perhaps second only to Liverpool. The Croatian dealt with the attacking threat with aplomb, one incident in particular proved crucial: Raheem Sterling cut inside and looked set to blast past Alisson Becker but the grounded Lovren managed to stick a flailing leg out to force the block. Virgil van Dijk was over the moon with his defensive partner.
Most of us Liverpool fans owe Dejan Lovren an apology, he has performed admirably in key games and looks as though he can continue to do so in Matip’s absence.