Jamie Carragher runs rule over Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says Dejan Lovren needs to return to the basics of defending

Jamie Carragher says Liverpool centre-half Dejan Lovren needs to get back to the basics of defending.

The Croatia international was at fault for Mark Noble’s goal in Liverpool’s shock 3-0 defeat by West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday afternoon which ended their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

You’ve got three clean sheets; your job is to keep them out, not show everyone what else you can do. Defend first

Jamie Carragher

Lovren had appeared to forge a solid centre-half partnership with Martin Skrtel in the opening three games after three successive clean sheets against Stoke City, Bournemouth and Arsenal.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Liverpool’s emphatic loss to the Hammers, Carragher felt the former Southampton star abandoned the basic principles of being a defender on Saturday afternoon.

“The only way to describe Lovren’s performance was David Luiz-like,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“He was doing things you don’t really want to see centre-backs do: 50-yard passes – that at times got there – but there was one occasion where he did a double stepover and then got tackled.

“I don’t know if it’s overconfidence after a couple of good performances but I’m watching him thinking, just do the basics.

“You’ve got three clean sheets; your job is to keep them out, not show everyone what else you can do. Defend first.”

Lovren moved to Liverpool from Southampton in a £25m deal last summer after he had been previously linked with a switch to Tottenham Hotspur.

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The 26-year-old has scored one goal in 41 appearances in all competitions since his move to Merseyside last year.

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