One of Liverpool’s starting centre-backs Dejan Lovren has discussed our chances of glory this term, while stating he doesn’t think Manchester United will compete.
At the time of writing, Liverpool know a win against Watford at Anfield today will see us at least joint top of the Premier League table going into the international break.
Lovren’s been decent this campaign in the majority, but Liverpool have only kept one clean-sheet in the Premier League. On a personal note, he had a shocker away to Crystal Palace last weekend and will been to make up for his mistakes.
He backs us though to compete until the death, but doubts Jose Mourinho’s men have it in them to catch up.
Lovren told Sportske Novosti, cited in the Echo: “Everyone started to respect us more, Liverpool is a title contender.
“Everything is positive, but it is still early, and a lot of big clubs chase the title too.
“I am not sure Manchester United will recover in time and join the race, but you never know.
“The title will be decided in ‘smaller’ games, not derbies.”
The 27-year-old definitely has the capacity to form a solid, long-term partnership with Joel Matip. The Cameroonian has slotted into the team seamlessly, but it’s now time for the pair to stop letting the goals in.
Sometimes this season our fluid attack won’t fire on all cylinders and we’ll need to nick wins, meaning we’ll need the defence, marshalled by Lovren, to keep shut.