Liverpool fans have piled on Dejan Lovren after the club’s unbeaten run came to a shocking end against Watford on Saturday.
The Reds were thumped 3-0 at Vicarage Road in one of the most remarkable results of the season.
Indeed, they had gone the entire season without tasting defeat and last dropped points in October, drawing 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
However, a brace from Ismaila Sarr and a goal from Troy Deeney gave Watford a commanding win and fans were quick to criticise the performance of Lovren.
He partnered Virgil van Dijk in central defence, despite not playing for the club in the league since December, in the 3-0 win over AFC Bournemouth.
Supporters did not hold back…
Lovren is the worst player in our history when you consider the negative influence he’s had, he’s been here 6 years
— ً (@Kashaveli_) February 29, 2020
Lovren an absolute shambles. Not at fault on his own, but there is no coincidence he’s involved in this. Spreads insecurity across the whole team.
— LiverpoolFF (@LiverpoolFF) February 29, 2020
— E. Honda (@Episode88) February 29, 2020
Lovren stopped us going invincible at the Etihad last season.
And he’s stopped us going invincible again today.
The fact he’s still at Liverpool and starting in 2020 is beyond a joke.
— Laurie (@LFCLaurie) February 29, 2020
Out of everyone to end our unbeaten run, it had to be Lovren
— sabah (@Sabah07) February 29, 2020
Today’s game shows just how pivotal Jordan Henderson & Joe Gomez have been for us this season, Lovren is nowhere near the standard that Gomez sets and we’ve missed Henderson’s leadership on the pitch#LFC pic.twitter.com/bDOQgjLFpU
— Jamie Burton (@JamieBurton_10) February 29, 2020
If any club offers more than £3.60 for Dejan Lovren this summer, I hope we take it. It’s just that familiar feeling of doubt and nervousness when you see him on the team sheet, and weirdly enough I think he feels it too
— Josh (@KloppStyle) February 29, 2020
However, WhoScored’s statistics paint a rather different picture.
Lovren earned a 6.5 rating for his performance, a higher number than van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Andy Robertson. The 30-year-old was actually the best-rated Reds player on the pitch.
Indeed, he won three tackles – the only Liverpool defender to make even one – and won six aerial duels. Only Deeney won more.
It seems, though, that Lovren is an easy scapegoat, especially when compared with his defensive counterparts.
It was actually van Dijk who was at fault for the first two goals, while Alexander-Arnold also made a decisive mistake.
Lovren, though, is the easier target; Liverpool fans have been remarkably harsh here.