Dejan Lovren has taken his fair share of stick since joining Liverpool from Southampton in the summer of 2014.
Indeed, the centre-back, who cost the Reds in the region of £20m, has largely struggled to make his mark at Anfield, and had been out of the team before Joel Matip picked up an injury.
It would be fair to say that a number of Liverpool fans were concerned with what the Manchester City attack would do to him over the two legs of their Champions League quarter-final, but they need not have been concerned.
Indeed, Lovren was impressive in the first leg at Anfield, before putting in an excellent display at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night as Liverpool recorded a 2-1 win to march into the final four of the competition.
The Liverpool supporters have been quick to praise the 28-year-old, with many feeling that this could prove to be the turning point in the defender’s Anfield career.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
If there was an asteroid incoming which would destroy life as we know it, Dejan Lovren would head it clear. #lfc
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) April 10, 2018
He has been a beast tonight!!!
— kungfufirmino (@janestoaster319) April 10, 2018
Dejan Lovren was world class
He played his heart out
I wanna see praise for him from Liverpool fans
Because you are quick enough to bash him #LFC
— SCARFACE (@LFC_LION) April 10, 2018
I'll hold my hands up and admit that I have been severely critical of him, but tonight he showed real quality and he showcased a performance that was like the Lovren we bought from Southampton
— Shane Dunphy (@shane19eggman) April 10, 2018
3 games against the best attack in england (bar Liverpool) and the big man has been immense
— Gerard Morris (@gmorris_05) April 11, 2018
Lovren was our best defender over the two legs – faultless
— Niall Moloney (@chiefbaalbec) April 11, 2018
One thing I will say about Lovren is that he does play with passion for our club. Can’t knock that.
— AK (@AKS) April 11, 2018
— Eddie (@Eddieolifanto) April 11, 2018
He was colossal!
— Orlando Morales (@Orlyx117) April 11, 2018