It looks to be safe to suggest that a number of Liverpool fans were made to eat their words after expressing pre-match concerns about Jurgen Klopp’s decision to pick Dejan Lovren for their clash with Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday.
Lovren went into the game with the high-flying Foxes awaiting his first league start of the season. In fact, the 30-year-old had only made one appearance for the Reds before Brendan Rodgers brought his side to Merseyside.
It looked to be a big call from Klopp. Joe Gomez was also available to the Liverpool boss, but he was left on the bench.
But Lovren did not let his side down. The Croatian won five aerial duels and made a couple of incredibly important challenges, as shown by Whoscored.com. No player on either side won more duels than the centre-back.
And his performance has prompted a number of supporters to laud the former Southampton man. Lovren has divided opinion almost since the moment he arrived in a £20 million move in 2014 (fee reported by BBC Sport).
It was Rodgers who was in charge of the Reds when Lovren arrived. And the former Liverpool boss will no doubt feel that the defender’s ability to seamlessly come in alongside Virgil van Dijk was one of the key reasons why his side came away empty-handed.
Liverpool fans meanwhile, have heaped praise on Lovren and suggested that he silenced a lot of his doubters. He will need to do a lot more to convince all of his critics, but there is no question that he stepped up in a big way on Saturday.
Here is what some of the Liverpool fans made of Lovren’s display…
lovren was class today he has his moments but on his day he does the job😎👍🏻
— John McCormick (@JohnMc_LFC) October 6, 2019
i find it funny how Lovren and Milner were some of our best players after us all being disappointed with them in the team ahahah
— luis🦉 (@ftbIluis) October 6, 2019
Fair play Lovren.
— Andry Joyosuyono (@andryjoyosuyono) October 6, 2019
Thought Lovren was immense last night, MOTM for me
— Shai Jaafar (@JNorbertKlopp) October 6, 2019
Lovren has always been a good defender, just always has a mistake in him. Absolute class today, especially having not played in the prem this season!
— Jordan Dickson (@MINIFOWLER_) October 5, 2019
I never thought I’d say it but…Lovren over Gomez right now. Lovren was class and imo played better than VVD 🤷🏼♂️
— The LFC Warchest (@TheLFCWarchest) October 5, 2019
Dejan Lovren is the best 4th choice CB in the world. Outstanding today.
— Karl Jones (@RedKarlJ) October 5, 2019
Dejan Lovren was exceptional today! That’s the reason Klopp is our manager and not some of our fans with their opinions! Every player under Klopp has improved their game to the highest level,Trust the starting 11 he sets out always,LFC YNWA
— Ataa LFC (@Ataa_10) October 5, 2019
Got to give credit to Lovren today, thought he was fantastic 💪🏻 #LFC
— Jordan (@Jordyball92) October 5, 2019
Lovren proved me wrong big time today. Surprisingly solid despite a total lack of game time recently
— Christopher (@sansletache) October 5, 2019
Dejan lovren was absolutely fantastic today
— Conor Cullen (@Cullen_leighton) October 5, 2019
Lovren was massive today….Klopp was right to keep him
— K.Wolffe (@nakoene) October 5, 2019