Dejan Lovren bullishly claimed today during the pre-match press-conference ahead of Maribor v Liverpool that Romelu Lukaku kicked him on purpose at the weekend.
The game was stopped for a short time early on with our Croatian centre-back clutching his face. Replays showed Lukaku making contact with Lovren’s face with his boot, out of the referee’s view.
Today, it was confirmed that the Premier League will not be looking into the incident in regards to potential retrospective action.
Interestingly, Lovren claims he knew Lukaku meant it by his odd behaviour throughout the game – like he was scared it would be spoken about afterwards.
“I felt he could have moved away, my honest view is that he did it on purpose. I saw that he was nervous during the game,” he said.
“If it was an accident, he could at least say sorry.
“I can’t say I’m disappointed (at no FA action). It is what it is. We have to move on.”
It’s not often a professional speaks about an opponent in such terms, meaning we’re pretty sure Lovren is spot on.
Lukaku’s performance was atrocious and our defender had him pocketed all afternoon, which is lucky, as it would have been horrible if the Belgian had gone on to score a winner after the kick.
Lovren’s form recently has been improving. He was excellent at Anfield on the weekend and had been quietly going about his business before the international break.
Long may it continue.