Three reasons why Liverpool must drop Dejan Lovren
Owen Fulda says Dejan Lovren should be omitted from Liverpool side
1) His confidence has crumbled again
Dejan Lovren actually began the season fairly well. In Liverpool’s clean sheet wins over Stoke and Bournemouth, he made a 21 clearances, blocked five shots and made three interceptions. Perhaps the smoke Brendan Rodgers proceeded to blow up Lovren’s posterior went straight to the Croatian’s head because his performance in the 3-0 home defeat by West Ham was catastrophic by anyone’s standards. The £20m signing repeatedly dallied on the ball near the corner flag, leaving the Anfield faithful incredulous as he presented it to Hammers winger Manuel Lanzini before Mark Noble put West Ham side in the lead. It was obvious the blunder had shattered Lovren’s confidence and the fragile mental state has only deteriorated since. Against Manchester United, he won just 28% his aerial duels and 50% of his tackles. It’s time to take him out of the firing line.
2) Mamadou Sakho
Mamadou Sakho has been quietly improving since his move from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013. Still only 25, ‘The Beast’ as he is known by some of his team-mates, has acquitted himself well enough in his 46 appearances for the Reds thus far. With Martin Skrtel the automatic selection at centre-half, Brendan Rodgers seems set on giving Lovren repeated chances to partner the Slovak, while the more obvious choice Sakho remains stranded on the bench. Liverpool supporters blamed Lovren for the defeat by West Ham and vented their fury at him through social media. Sakho must be wondering how many more Lovren calamities he will have to witness from the sidelines before Rodgers finally admits defeat and gives him the chance he deserves. Sakho’s lack of involvement for his club saw him dropped from France’s squad for the recent Euro 2016 qualifiers, whereas Lovren’s performances for Liverpool saw him omitted from the Croatia team. Sums it up nicely.
3) His teammates consider him a weak link
The rumours began as far back as December 2014 that Lovren was not highly rated by his fellow squad members at Liverpool. We know from Jamie Carragher’s autobiography that the Melwood training ground is no place for the faint-hearted and you’d imagine the Croatian international’s credentials are currently being called into question more than ever. Lovren played just 31 Premier League games in his one season at Southampton before he made the big money move to the five-time European cup winners. Arguably the signing came too soon into his time in England and he has since failed to make the development in quality required at a club the stature of Liverpool. With the fans getting on his back more than ever following another disappointing performance against hated rivals Manchester United, it’s time for Lovren to stand up and be counted or face the prospect of spending the season on the bench before being shipped out.