“I have absolutely no doubt that he will be a very good player for us…”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has praised the attitude shown by the man he spent £20m on in the summer, Dejan Lovren, reports the Echo.
The Croat has, in fairness, been pretty awful since signing from Southampton, but Rodgers reckons he’ll come good, despite taking him out of the firing line in favour of Kolo Toure.
“Dejan has been brilliant. He has taken it like a man,” Rodgers said.
“He is working hard in training. He knows he will get an opportunity and hopefully he can then take it.”
“Picking on form has always been the case and all the players understand that,” he added.
“If you look at Martin Skrtel as an example, he didn’t play so much for me during my first year here.
“But we spent a lot of time that season talking about the strengths he had in his game and the areas where he needed to improve.
“After that period, once he got into the team, he was absolutely fantastic. He has been a real rock for us.
“I am sure that Dejan will be exactly the same. Sometimes you need that little bit of time out of the team. I have absolutely no doubt that he will be a very good player for us.”
With Toure doing well at the back, Lovren may have to wait until an injury or a series of poor performances from a teammate enables him a way back into the side.
Mamadou Sakho is also close to returning from injury though, meaning competition for the left centre-back spot will become even fiercer.
Lovren did need to be taken out of the side, and we can only hope that when he does eventually return to the XI (which is inevitable considering his transfer fee), he’ll start playing like he did for the Saints in 2013/14.
He’s technically talented, but his defensive decision making has cost us on more than one occasion this term.