Liverpool were in lethal form on Tuesday night against Huddersfield Town, beating them 3-0 away from home in the English Premier League.
The Reds needed to win to put distance between themselves and fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have a difficult match against Manchester United tonight.
While players like Emre Can, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino stole the headlines for their goalscoring contributions, it was also a big night for the Liverpool defence.
It was the first clean sheet for Jurgen Klopp’s side since Boxing Day and perhaps surprisingly it came without new star signing Virgil van Dijk, who was on the bench, replaced by Dejan Lovren.
Supporters praised Lovren’s performance after the match and are now calling on the Croatian international to partner his new teammate ahead of Joel Matip.
Is a Lovren and van Dijk partnership the way forward to provide defensive stability in the coming weeks and months?
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
I've sometimes criticized Lovren but credited where's due, he's been solid of late especially yest. Van Dijk's arrival seems to have benefited him. Would love for him to turn good as he seems to really give everything every time he plays and loves the club. #LFC #YNWA #Lovren
— Josiah Buttigieg (@Josiahlfc) January 31, 2018
Dejan Lovren won 7 headers, 8 clearences, 1 blocked shot. Matip had 1, 4, 0. The only thing he did better was 2 interceptions more, and 1% higher pass rating. Van Dijk takes over for Matip as the passer. Van Dijk – Lovren is the best option #LFC
— Kristian Vestergaard (@Schen_RulEz) January 31, 2018
I think a combo of Van Dijk and Lovren may actually be bloody decent. #LFC
— Sheldon M (@SheldonM_) January 31, 2018
Actually think Lovren should be given a chance to partner with Van Dijk. Quality performance today, love his aggression just think he needs a good run of games and maybe the leadership of Van Dijk can help Lovren improve his positioning, decisions and concentration #LFC @LFC
— NoahTomkins (@NoahTomkins) January 31, 2018
— Brown_Mambaaaah (@RonnV04) January 30, 2018
— Warrick Hyde (@Wjh1403) January 30, 2018
— Palmar Gudmundsson (@Palmar_G) January 30, 2018
I cant believe I'm saying this but Lovren and VVD for the Spurs game? #lfc
— Buy a goalie Jurgen (@mrpaulmilligan) January 31, 2018
I think we should give lovren or klavan a go with vvd! Matip has been poor for a while #lfc
— Fowlerisgod23 (@Fowlerisgod2) January 31, 2018
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