Liverpool supporters are still absorbing what was a deeply disappointing Saturday night in Kiev, after they were defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final.
Goals from Gareth Bale provided the victory for the Spaniards, after Sadio Mane had equalised Karim Benzema’s opener, which came from a Loris Karius goalkeeping howler.
Fans always knew it was going to be a difficult evening, but held hope throughout until Bale’s double, even after Mohamed Salah went off injured after a challenge from Sergio Ramos.
Despite the negative result, one man that supporters were quick to pay tribute to was Dejan Lovren, who had a superb game along with his other teammates in the Liverpool back four.
The Croatian international has had quite the turnaround this season, going from fan scapegoat to hero. Now fans believe he should be the player that Loris Karius looks to, to bounce back from his high profile mistake and learn from it.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
In the last few weeks no players has embodied Liverpool’s spirit, togetherness and heart more than Dejan Lovren. Has his critics and rightly so, sometimes too much, but he never hides and always gives 100% #LFC
— Simon Bray (@SimonBrayLFC) May 27, 2018
Tempted not to tweet this, but Lovren – a player repeatedly lambasted – epitomises Klopp's belief in giving his players (more than) a chance to prove/redeem themselves, and he was exceptional yesterday. GK errors can be more costly, but Karius deserves the same opportunity. #LFC
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) May 27, 2018
How good were Liverpool's back four last night!? Dejan Lovren in particular was immense and (19-year old) Trent Alexander-Arnold contained Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo brilliantly. The defeat and scoreline certainly weren't a reflection of their performance. #LFC
— Liam Bekker (@LiamBekker) May 27, 2018
Lovren was immense btw. Bar his silly mistakes every 7-10 games, he has actually become solid with VVD. Needs to iron out those mistakes tho cos we won't win things with a CB who has a mistake in him. Big summer ahead! #LFC
— LFCstuff (@Kopstuff_LFC) May 27, 2018
The entire back 4 last night has been another story of this team's magic. What a transformation. Andy Robertson you legend! Trent the scouser! Credit to Lovren for having a stellar night. And big Virg!!! #LFC
— the world's first ever monster truck front flip (@drdrea_x) May 27, 2018
Lovren interview from last night pulls at the heart strings. He has to be in contention for one of the biggest turnarounds in a season. Ridiculed at the start by all, now a fortress at the back keeping Ronaldo quiet on the biggest stages. Respect. #lovren #LFC
— Sam Orledge (@SamOrledge) May 27, 2018
— Nathan Northcutt (@NathanNorthcutt) May 27, 2018
Am I the only one who's started absolutely loving Dejan Lovren regardless of his performances? #LFC
— Klopped (@Sumeetlfc) May 27, 2018
Nobody will give Lovren the credit he deserves for his performances his season. He was exceptional in the champions league final. Karius needs to look at Lovren as an example of strong character who was able to overcome such extreme scrutiny only to come back stronger#YNWA #LFC
— Angelo Paul (@AngeloPaul995) May 27, 2018