Back in October it certainly did not look like Liverpool would be finishing above Tottenham Hotspur this season. When Jurgen Klopp took his men to Wembley, as Autumn turned to Winter, Spurs sprung into life.
Tottenham put Liverpool to the sword that day. The final result, 4-1 to Spurs, was a fair reflection of Mauricio Pochettino’s team’s absolute dominance on the day.
One man who will want to forget it more than most is Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren. He was torn apart by Harry Kane in the first half hour of the game. As a consequence, he was hauled off by Klopp with his tail between his legs.
Liverpool fans were fed up with Lovren. The Croatian joined Liverpool in 2014 for a fee reported by the Telegraph to be in the region of £20 million from Southampton.
Since making the move to Anfield, he has found it tough to settle. Liverpool fans grew increasingly frustrated with Lovren’s form for the club. Repeated mistakes and his poor marking at set plays had fans tired of his presence. The Spurs game, for many, was the end of the road for Lovren.
But he has truly fought back.
Lovren has been in fine form in recent weeks, helping Liverpool in their battle for second place and into the Champions League semi-finals.
With Joel Matip injured he has established a good three-way partnership with January recruit Virgil van Dijk and now undisputed number one Loris Karius.
The result has not only been improved defensive performances from Lovren, but from the entire Liverpool team.
His importance to the side now is clear by the concern over the injury he picked up v Bournemouth this weekend. If Liverpool are to keep Roma at bay and make the Champions League final, Lovren needs to play.
Such a scenario was unthinkable just a few months ago. However, Lovren has worked hard and made himself a firm favourite of Klopp’s. Hopefully, his injury is not bad and he continues his fine form for the rest of the season.