In defence of Liverpool’s nine summer signings: One by one, by one – from Adam Lallana to Javier Manquillo

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2) Dejan Lovren

Unlike Lallana, Lovren is probably the hardest man on this list to defend. He cost £20m, but has not been an improvement on the departed Daniel Agger. Not in the slightest, in fact. The Croat has looked nervous on the ball, has made mistakes, and has been positionally questionable. However, all is not lost. He proved during 2013/14 that he IS a top defender, and that he CAN cut it in the Premier League. Lovren does have the required attributes to succeed. His ease on the ball suits him to our passing game, and he proved at Southampton that he can lead a defence, too. The 25-year-old is currently out of the side injured, and a rest will likely do him good. If he really can’t cut the mustard at Anfield, we have a similarly left-footed centre-back in Mamadou Sakho who could develop into a seriously good defender, anyway.

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