Much has been made about Manchester City’s defensive issues this season but they essentially boil down to Aymeric Laporte suffering a long-term injury.
For yesterday’s crunch clash at Anfield, Liverpool were without Joel Matip, who has firmly established himself as Virgil van Dijk’s defensive partner but dealt with it with a minimum of fuss.
Dejan Lovren’s experience was preferred to Joe Gomez’s speed and the £20 million (BBC) man repaid Jurgen Klopp’s faith with a towering performance to help keep Sergio Aguero quiet.
The Argentine has never scored at Anfield against the Reds and the Croatian World Cup finalist played a major part in ensuring he didn’t break that drought yesterday.
Lovren has had his fair share of critics since moving to Anfield, with many believing that it is pretty much impossible for a team to win the title with players of his standard at the back.
But yesterday proved that within a confident defensive structure in which he is well-protected and free to defend aggressively, Lovren can still be an asset.
He did not let his club down in the biggest match of the season so far and that earned him some very well deserved praise on Twitter from the supporters, with one proclaiming the display was his best ever in a red shirt.
— Amy (@AmyLFC11) November 10, 2019
That BLOCK on sterling👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👌🏽
— Shayno (@hellyeahlfc) November 10, 2019
agree. stepped up in the big game
— +GIF (@gulungrokok) November 10, 2019
If he was always this good he would be world class
— Keanu (10-1-0) (@Keanu_lfc_16) November 10, 2019
— Michael SNM1 (@Snm1Michael) November 10, 2019
Absolutely colossal performance from Dejan. 👏👏👏👏👏
— AR (@abhz_007) November 10, 2019
An absolute beast today 💪♥️🔥
— Nikhil 🇮🇳 🔴 (@ranjan_rants) November 10, 2019
— Sean (@_LFCSean_) November 10, 2019
Baller. Well in lad
— Harry (@LfcHarryy) November 10, 2019
Best ever Liverpool performance from him tonight
— Gibbs💯 (@FtblGibbs) November 10, 2019
didn't think I'd say this but I'm glad we didn't sell him
— working class hero (@leftwinglocked) November 10, 2019
He was outstanding today
— خالد واصل (@kosomtwitte22x) November 10, 2019
Dejan – outstanding
— MMABIA AWENDUR (@Akellagh) November 10, 2019