This weekend saw The Reds lose their first Premier League game after 44 unbeaten. It was a thoroughly impressive display from Watford, who frankly wanted it more. However, we cannot ignore that Dejan Lovren has been at the centre of the last two Liverpool league defeats.
Lovren is by no means The Reds’ first choice partner for Virgil van Dijk.
Joe Gomez has thoroughly established himself as our number one alongside Big Virg in the heart of defence.
Unfortunately, the Englishman was left out of the side that faced Watford as a ‘precaution due to a minor fitness concern’.
His absence was noted as The Reds’ defence was unlocked time and again by the plucky Hornets.
It is no coincidence that Dejan Lovren has started the last two Liverpool league defeats, he has been in the centre of defence for the club’s only two losses in over 400 days.
There have been only two games during Jürgen Klopp’s reign that have seen Liverpool lose by a wider XG margin: the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City and the infamous destruction at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
The Croatian defender has started in the three worst XG conceded performances of the Klopp era.
Kopites will find it hard to forget just how poor Dejan Lovren was against Spurs, whilst he may not have put on a disasterclass against the Hornets, the fact that as soon as he steps back into the side we see the lads concede three can’t be ignored.
The ex-Southampton defender is a good player, he just isn’t good enough for the elite levels that Liverpool have reached in the last 18 months. We won’t be expecting him back in the lineup any time soon.