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From Liverpool flop to hero in the Kop, Dejan Lovren’s remarkable five-month turnaround

The Croatian has been in fine form for Liverpool since the turn of the year.

Mathew Nash

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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.

(during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

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.

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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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

Everton

Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Lookman fight

Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.

The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.

However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.

Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.

BERGAMO, ITALY – APRIL 29: (L-R) Miguel Veloso of Genua, Bryan Cristante of Atalanta during the Italian Serie A match between Atalanta Bergamo v Genoa at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d Italia on April 29, 2018 in Bergamo Italy (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Veloso wanted

Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.

According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.

Richarlison disappointment

Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.

The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.

However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.

Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.

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Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?

The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.

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Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.

While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.

Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.

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He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.

Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.

Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.

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Kevin Wimmer scores on Hannover debut as he puts Stoke nightmare behind him

The Austrian defender had an awful time at Stoke City last season.

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When Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer last summer it looked like something of a coup from the Potters. The Austrian had impressed at Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane. Unfortunately, game time became hard to come by due to the excellence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back for Spurs.

Wimmer was therefore sold to Stoke last summer for a fee in the region of £18 million. Mark Hughes was ecstatic with the signing but his form did not justify his exaggerated price-tag.

Wimmer struggled under Hughes and things got even worse when the Welshman left. Replaced by Paul Lambert, the new manager swiftly moved wimmer into the reserves. Told to lose weight he played no part in Stoke’s failed attempt to survive relegation from the Premier League.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Kevin Wimmer of Stoke City looks dejected following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

This summer, with Stoke relegated, Wimmer was moved on. He joined Hannover in a season-long loan deal back in May.

At the weekend he began his first steps in forgetting his Stoke City nightmare. The Austrian played his first game for his new club in the DFB Pokal against Karlsruher. Not only did he play, but he also managed to score. It was his first goal since scoring v Liverpool in the League Cup back in 2016 whilst at Spurs.

He scored the opening goal of a convincing 6-0 win, powering home a close-range header.

Wimmer will long be remembered as one of Stoke’s biggest ever flops. But it seems he is certainly enjoying himself back in Germany.

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