Dejan Lovren insists the Reds will be much-improved when they face Chelsea again on Saturday following Wednesday night’s defeat.
Eden Hazard came off the bench to change the game for the visitors, with the help of some dodgy refereeing, but Lovren wants his teammates to learn from the defeat quickly.
After Wednesday’s game, the Croat told liverpoolfc.com: “We scored and we played quite well, we had also a couple of big chances but we weren’t deadly enough. We had the game in our control.
“In the last 10 minutes, they came back and unfortunately they scored a second goal and then we couldn’t come back again.
“Maybe this is tonight like a warm-up for Saturday and so we know what we need to do better. On Saturday we have a big game against them and we will improve, definitely. I’m confident that we will do much, much better.”
The defender was making his first competitive appearance since playing for his country in the World Cup final and also provided an update on his fitness.
Lovren added: “After this injury that I had it’s good to be back with the team and to have a couple of minutes or all the minutes on the pitch.
“I’m quite happy, so hopefully I can be much, much fitter in the next couple of games. I carried [the injury] for a long time, to be honest, and hopefully, it’s everything behind me so I can be 100 per cent again.”
Should Virgil van Dijk be fit to start alongside Joe Gomez, Lovren might not even make the bench on Saturday as Liverpool look to gain revenge on Maurizio Sarri’s team.
Whoever is playing in defence, they better learn quickly how to deal with Hazard, or Saturday could be a high-scoring game!