Jurgen Klopp has been tasked with overhauling Liverpool’s defence during his time at Anfield and that has included getting a tune out of Dejan Lovren.
The Croatian was impressive at Southampton but struggled with the expectation that comes with playing for the Reds under Brendan Rodgers.
Unable to secure a big-money replacement, Klopp had to use his coaching ability and motivational techniques to get Lovren into the right shape to play for a Champions League club.
It hasn’t always been successful and Lovren has made high-profile mistakes at times. But in the past year, Lovren has made it to the Champions League final and the World Cup final and something appears to have changed in his attitude.
Perhaps part of Klopp’s strategy was simply to get Lovren to believe he belongs at the very top level and if it was, then it’s been successful.
Lovren has been very vocal in recent times about how good he thinks he is and he was not shy in coming forward about that before England’s crunch clash with Croatia yesterday.
So as England secured a 2-1 win and a place in the Nations League semi-finals, some fans couldn’t resist taking aim…
"Think twice before you speak",the said ,well said.
— ' (@ChelsFaithful) November 18, 2018
I would have had sympathy if he was anywhere close to a footballer in ability
— Andy R (@ghost_of_kicks) November 19, 2018
He’s so confident for a guy that was a Liverpool meme before last season
— El Jefecito (@ElJefeEN) November 18, 2018
Dijon Lovren's biggest career accomplishment is having been born within 250 miles of Luka Modric.
— The Football Guy (@Aluk013zig) November 18, 2018
This man is honestly an L magnet.
First he said he's one of the best defenders itw and then conceded 4 to France and lost the World Cup final.
Now he said he's gonna beat England like a boss and Croatia lost to England and ended up getting relegated.
— Ahmed💙🦊 (@FuriousRantz16) November 18, 2018
Worst defender of all time
— Ibukun Oluyi (@ibk_20) November 18, 2018