Dejan Lovren recently claimed that he wouldn’t be made a scapegoat for Liverpool’s failings last season, after the former Southampton defender failed to impress during his first twelve months on Merseyside.
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In quotes taken by the Liverpool Echo, he said: “At Southampton it was different. There was a good atmosphere and I was happy. If I am not playing well, I cannot be happy. I didn’t pretend. But it is not Dejan Lovren-Liverpool, you know? I cannot defend all alone. It is 11 players.”
However, he’s going to have to cut out mistakes such as the one he committed against the Malaysia XI today, if he’s going to earn the renewed faith of both his teammates and our supporters.
He wasn’t totally to blame for the goal, the first of the game in the twelfth minute, but the fact that both he and Martin Skrtel stood and watched as Patrick Wleh burst through on goal can only be considered a criminal error – even in a pre-season friendly.
The Croatian made a half-hearted attempt to get back and win the ball, after the long punt from the back had got the better of him, but Wleh proved to be too quick and too strong. Despite grabbing a handful of the attacker’s shirt, the man known as Ronaldinho was still able to slot past Adam Bogdan and give the hosts the lead.
Should Lovren be starting for Liverpool next season? Here’s how the fans saw it on social media…
Lovren looks the part but is just utter shit! rather play kolo over this dope!
— Ricky Rozay (@RicksRemi87) July 24, 2015
There are no words to describe my hatred and despise for Dejan Lovren. The man defines fraud, few defending DVD’s and I’d be better than him
— Michael (@MichaelJH1993) July 24, 2015
Are we ignoring the fact that Skrtel was just as abortive as Lovren for that goal? They’re a terrifying pair.
— CAPTAIN JOE GOMEZ (@Brenzie) July 24, 2015
Lovren even looks terrible against Patrick Wleh.
— Sam Jones (@samuellejones) July 24, 2015
Our ‘fans’ already hammering Lovren & we’re just a few games into Pre-Season, they should go support City & fill those empty seats at Etihad
— Mismatchroom FC (@DannyRobsonLFC) July 24, 2015
Dejan Lovren couldn’t mark a bingo card #LFC
— Gary Bennett (@GARYBENNETT79) July 24, 2015
Skrtel should be taking as much if not more of the blame for that goal! Fans only moaning about Lovren through???
— Junaid (@Junski_LFC) July 24, 2015
Lovren and Skrtel do my fucki bonce right in the pair of clowns. We should go with Ilori and Sakho opening day! Fuckin comical
— Dale. (@Dalph10) July 24, 2015
Lovren is our worst defender since glen johnson
— j (@JackONLFC) July 24, 2015
Skrtel blatantly ball watching…Lovren shouldve challenged for the header. Complete cluster fuck #LFC keep these 2 apart FFS!
— Lloyd (@GumGumPistol) July 24, 2015
Gomez should be played at CB. He should start ahead of Lovren.
— Adegboyega Adewale (@Real_Gboyega) July 24, 2015
Lovren is not an accident waiting to happen, its happened and happening all the time. #lfc and ridges need to wake up to this and fast.
— MK (@Confucius99) July 24, 2015