Dejan Lovren needed a break from Liverpool side, says Jan Molby
Jan Molby praises Brendan Rodgers for Liverpool's change of approach
Jan Molby believes Dejan Lovren needed a break after a difficult start to his Liverpool career.
The Croatia international has been replaced by Kolo Toure in Brendan Rodgers’s side for the draw against Ludogorets and victories over Stoke and Leicester City in the Premier League.
He [Lucas] is suited to the defensive side of the game and gives you a platform to play
And former Liverpool midfielder Molby backed Toure to have a positive impact in the coming weeks as Jamie Carragher managed to do in the second half of the 2012/13 season.
“Kolo Toure has come in and used all his experience. I’m sure Dejan Lovren is the future but he’s probably needed this break,” Molby wrote in Liverpool Echo.
“It might prove to be a similar situation to when Jamie Carragher came back in during his last season and kept his place. We’ll just have to see how long Toure can keep it going.”
Molby also supported Rodgers’s decision to recall Brazil international Lucas Leiva to the Liverpool starting line-up.
“There’s also been a change in approach with Lucas Leiva back in the side. He is suited to the defensive side of the game and gives you a platform to play,” Molby continued.
“It was a scrappy game at Leicester and could have gone either way for quite a while but the sending off certainly helped us.”
The former Denmark international warned Mario Balotelli that he could struggle to dislodge Rickie Lambert after the veteran striker scored twice in four appearances.
“Rickie Lambert, who had waited patiently for his chance, will be feeling the benefits of four successive starts in terms of his sharpness. He will take some shifting from the team,” Molby added.
“It’s been a tough week for Sunderland, who travel to Anfield tomorrow. They put a lot of effort into the draw with Chelsea and then ran out of legs against Man City.”