Revealed: Majority of Liverpool fans back Lovren to remain as Van Dijk centre-back partner

Dejan Lovren has been subjected to plenty of criticism since moving to Liverpool from Southampton in 2014.

The defender has struggled for consistency and has been a major culprit in the Reds’ problems at the back.

However, in recent weeks the tide has begun to turn, with the Croatian international showing more self-assurance and strength in the defensive line.

The 28-year-old’s improvement has largely been down to the presence of Virgil van Dijk, who finally got his desired move from Southampton to Anfield in the January window.

The Dutchman’s commanding nature and organisational skills mean that the players around him can focus on their job at hand, which has  so far eliminated the franticness that has so often been associated with Jurgen Klopp’s leaky defence.

Joel Matip was initially expected to be the man to partner Van Dijk, but injury problems have allowed Lovren to stake a claim.

With the summer transfer window edging closer, Liverpool will be able to assess their defensive options and consider whether a new centre-back should be recruited or the manager should stick with what he has.

We decided to get the thoughts of the fans by asking if Klopp should keep Lovren as Van Dijk’s long-term partner, bring Matip back into the mix or recruit a new face.

The majority of Liverpool supporters have put their trust in the Croatian, but plenty would still like the club to dip into the transfer market.