Liverpool boss hails £20million signing as new Jamie Carragher

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed that new £20million signing Dejan Lovren can become the club’s ‘new Jamie Carragher’, Telegraph reports.

Lovren signed from Southampton this summer and his new boss believes the Croatian is the ideal player to replace retired legend Carragher.

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The defender had a brilliant debut for the Reds, scoring a header in a 4-0 win over Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

Rodgers paired Lovren with Martin Skrtel in the centre of defence and the manager explained why he was so determined to sign the 25-year-old this summer.

“Dejan was perfect,” said Rodgers. “He is exactly what I’ve been looking for since Jamie Carragher left.

“He is a dominant, No 1 centre-half, who reads the game well, offers good guidance to the back four and the rest of the team – and shows his qualities of range of passing too.

“You saw with the pass to Coutinho in the build-up to the first goal.

“Just like he showed against us last year he’s dominant in the box – both in ours and the opposition’s – and I thought he was excellent.”

Last season Liverpool had to rely on their attacking prowess to hide their defensive deficiencies, but seem to have found the answer with Lovren capable of leading the back-line.