Dejan Lovren: A Different Player
This season has been a tricky one to call from all corners of the Barclays Premier League, Leicester City are the league leaders in their first season after promotion, Brendan Rodgers was eventually ousted as Liverpool manager, and we’ve finally found a defender in Dejan Lovren.
Since the day he signed and scored his debut goal at Anfield against Borussia Dortmund in a pre-season friendly, I have been on his side; however, it’s been a pretty turbulent ride and I’ve been on the receiving end of some stick for just that. Twitter isn’t always a nice place.
Here’s a walk down memory lane.
Mind you, having said that, I was on the same end of the stick for my very vocal support of Mamadou Sakho in his early days playing in red. I think it’s fair to say, we’ve finally found a central defensive partnership that works. Hate to say it, but…… I told you so.
This newly favoured partnership could only last until the end of the season though, as Jurgen Klopp could make changes in the Summer. With the signing of Joel Matip, it’s more likely that not we’ll be witnessing yet another defensive shake up.
This is a welcome headache for Jurgen Klopp though, Dejan Lovren has done a great job at putting his name in the hat – A massive turnaround. We’re beginning to see the defender that we bought from Southampton, even if it has taken a short while for him to see him in-form.
Under Brendan Rodgers, the Croat struggled to perform and eventually capitulated toward the lower end of the team sheet, not even making it in some situations. Brendan Rodgers destroyed him as a player, as he did for many others.
Jurgen Klopp has done something very different to what Brendan Rodgers ever did, he’s given the team belief that they can win. He’s put faith in a solid looking defensive partnership, something which Dejan Lovren is ultimately benefitting from now; so long Martin Skrtel.
So, very simply, the reason for Dejan Lovren’s turn in form has to be largely thanks to the Klopp Effect. He’s had the opportunity to finally settle into wearing the famous red, the opportunity to get the fans on his side, and the chance to play HIS way.
Hopefully this is only the start for Dejan. I’m confident that he’s learned from his previous mistakes and will begin to push on in his reignited Liverpool career. I think he’ll comfortably get into the starting 11, next season, behind former favourite Martin Skrtel.
Do you think Dejan Lovren has done enough to warrant a consistent starting place in Jurgen Klopp’s team both this season and next? Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear them!
Until next time, I’ll catch you down the road.