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Lovren’s international horror show justifies Klopp’s decision to drop him

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Lovren’s international horror show justifies Klopp’s decision to drop him

In the same game that Liverpool centre-back Joe Gomez stood out with a composed display, Dejan Lovren was at fault for two goals.

England played Croatia in the UEFA Nations League yesterday in a high-stakes game at Wembley.

Progression to the semi-finals and relegation was possible for both sides but England eventually edged the visitors out in a 2-1 victory.

And it was Lovren who lost his marker for both of England’s late goals.

With Croatia leading 1-0 and Lovren’s side heading towards a clean sheet and a semi-final place, his lapse in concentration proved costly.


Gomez, who has replaced the 29-year-old in Liverpool’s starting line-up, sent a long-throw into the box and Kane evaded Lovren to knock it back across the goal for Jesse Lingard to tap in.

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And with five minutes to go, Lovren was at fault once again for England’s winner.

Ben Chilwell’s cross should have been dealt with by the Liverpool man, but Kane nipped in front of him and slotted it into the corner.

Jurgen Klopp would have been watching the game, eager to see how Gomez and Lovren performed.

Both players are competing to be Virgil Van Dijk’s first-choice centre-half partner. And Gomez, who was assured and solid, came out on top.

Klopp’s decision to drop Lovren for Gomez this season is looking more and more justified with each passing game.

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