Liverpool made history tonight against Everton.
The Reds took their unbeaten run to a record 32 matches, which is the most in the club’s history. And they did it in style, beating their city rivals 5-2. Divock Origi was on the scoresheet twice, whilst Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri and Georginio Wijnaldum all scored a goal apiece.
However, not everything was rosy. The Reds conceded two goals, meaning that another clean sheet flew out of the window. They have now not conceded in just four out of 24 matches this term. As such, someone needs to take the blame for the defensive frailty.
Tonight, it was Dejan Lovren who took the brunt of the fans’ wrath, with many taking to Twitter to slam the Croatia international in the first half.
Doctor: “I don’t understand. You’re 28, exercise vigorously, eat healthy, no prior history of heart disease – how is this possible??!”
Me: “Doctor, are you familiar with a man by the name of Dejan Lovren?”
— Rex (@ThatRexGuy) December 4, 2019
Lovren is a shambles at the back. Both goals he was absolutely awful. https://t.co/iQkMsv8SOw
— Fahad ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@LFC4LIFE_786) December 4, 2019
Every time Lovren does something good, he does something terrible to cancel it out.
Disastrous from him.
— Arun (@WookieChew23) December 4, 2019
It certainly wasn’t the best of nights defensively for the £18m-valued 30-year-old – as per Transfermarkt. He should shoulder the blame for both of the Toffees’ strikes having initially failed with a challenge in the box that allowed Michael Keane to score and then missed a chance to intercept a cross that Richarlison headed in.
No clues: Can you name the season these iconic Liverpool images belong to?
His display had fans looking at alternatives, and it seems that Joe Gomez’s stock has certainly risen after the former Lyon man’s showing.
Two Lovren mistakes for the goals, not up for debate.
Where for art thou Joe Gomez?
— Enda McHugh (@Ogie_Halfhand) December 4, 2019
Why Gomez isn’t playing ahead of Lovren I do not know… #LIVEVE
— Arvind Kalia (@arvkalia) December 4, 2019
Everything has been great! But the defence leaking goals so badly! Gomez deserves a chance and run of games so badly! We’ve not kept a clean sheet with Lovren.
— Salman (@Sak_LFC) December 4, 2019
There was at least one positive moment for the former Southampton defender. He laid the ball on a plate for Divock Origi’s second goal, and he did at least get a fair amount of praise from the fans for that.
Not sure if Lovren or Xavi
— Rohail… (@Rohaaaill) December 4, 2019
That pass from Lovren deserves an accolade 👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/PEtvr2nCOu
— Hajj Pharis (@hajjpharis) December 4, 2019
At least it wasn’t all bad.
Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals who the leaders are in the Liverpool dressing room.