Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to Dejan Lovren’s dismal performance against Manchester City, as the Reds slipped to a 2-1 defeat at the Etihad to leave the Premier League title race wide open.
The Croatian international and self-proclaimed ‘best defender in the world’ put in a poor showing, failing to deal with the talents of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane – he was particularly caught napping by Aguero, who made him look foolish in opening the scoring.
Lovren is only in the team as a result of an injury to Joe Gomez, and whilst he has been competent in the less significant games against the likes of Wolves, Newcastle and Arsenal, the man signed by Brendan Rodgers isn’t cut out for games of such magnitude like the one against City.
The loss to Pep Guardiola’s side still leaves Jurgen Klopp’s men four points clear at the top of the table, but Liverpool fans aren’t happy that Lovren helped them to cut the gap…
Unfortunately, and I hate to single out players, but Lovren isn’t up to the standard of Liverpool now. He’s a good player and human, but we’ve progressed beyond him. #LFC
— Callum Wright (@CallumWright__) January 3, 2019
Lovren is a fraud, pass it on
— Ryan Simpson (@RyanSimolfc) January 3, 2019
Honestly think we won’t win the league now. That game was a final. LOVREN GET OUT OF MY CLUB.
— SJ (@SJYNWA1) January 3, 2019
Like Jurgen Klopp, I am someone who likes to have faith in others.
But last night's performance was simply the final straw and Lovren isn't fit for our starting XI. At fault for both goals and could've cost us a few more. Van Dijk and Alisson constantly bailed his ass out.
— thekopsg (@thekopsg) January 4, 2019
Lovren is just awful ??♂️ #LFC
— Paul Burke (@burkov_p2005) January 3, 2019
Lovren was utter rubbish this evening. He dragged the team down. With another centre half in his place, we get something out of this game #lfc
— Alexis Pratsides (@alexispratsides) January 3, 2019