It was just about the perfect night for Liverpool when Roberto Firmino sent the Reds 5-0 ahead in the 68th minute of their Champions League semi-final first leg with Roma.
Roma were down and out at that point, but two goals in the final nine minutes of the match at Anfield ensured that the Italian giants are still in the argument.
Dejan Lovren has had some solid matches for Liverpool in recent weeks, but the centre-back was at fault for Roma’s first of the night, with the 28-year-old failing to deal with a long ball from Radja Nainggolan, and Edin Dzeko finished into the back of the net for 5-1.
Diego Perotti then scored from the penalty spot as the match finished 5-2 to Liverpool, and whilst it was a very positive night for the Reds, many of the club’s supporters have taken to social media to blast the performance of Lovren, who is believed to be on £90,000 a week at Anfield.
Indeed, a number claimed that despite the defender’s recent improvement, he will never be good enough to put in consistent performances at this level of football.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Get your head out the clouds lad the lads a liability and an accident waiting to happen. This club has ambitions of winning major troohiesz as long as that lad is in the side, it will not happen.
— Gaz Brown (@sargaztic) April 24, 2018
I will support the lad. However, he made a mistake for that goal. He doesn’t help himself.
— Mo Salah Mo Problems (@Trevski_LFC) April 24, 2018
He was class for the entire game except the goal, i like him but we need defenders who dont repeat mistakes. Its happened alot and while he does some good stuff, he also has times where he costs us. Luckily today we had a big lead. Hes important but not as much as made out
— Richard Dickinson (@RochardDockinso) April 25, 2018
Lovren’s miss timed aerials (like one that lead to Dzekho goal) makes me appreciate how solid Van Dijk is. He never loses an aerial battle. Get another aerial battler in defence and you can’t play long balls against #LFC
— LFC Scout Watch (@Mobyhaque1) April 24, 2018
Klopp on Lovren earlier:
"He's strong, quick, both feet, heads like crazy, jumps through the roof.
Yes, a few things you can improve, especially his CONCENTRATION, but he's human."
— Liverpoolzy (@luzhenyuan) April 24, 2018
One very costly mistake he does that every game which has been costing us
— Shamrock Red (@Shamrock_Gael) April 24, 2018
One mistake from Lovren rattles our entire team and we’ve conceded two goals! That’s why I’ve said he needs to be out of our team! #lfc #ynwa Karius and Lovren represent all that is misplaced in our squad! They create a nervousness not needed in the back line! #lfc #ynwa
— Eldrick Yid 💜 (@eldrick4u2) April 24, 2018
Surely Lovren gets binned off in the summer? At fault for their first. He’s just a walking liability. #LFC
— Kloppinell' (@KOPrumours) April 24, 2018
Lovren, the fella just costs us every week #LFC
— Chuggernaught (@Chuggernaught5) April 24, 2018