Jamie Carragher fires blunt warning at Liverpool defender

Jamie Carragher says that it is time Dejan Lovren started performing consistently for Liverpool

Jamie Carragher has warned Dejan Lovren that he is running out of time to prove himself at Liverpool.

The defender has endured a stuttering start to his career at Anfield since moving to the Merseyside outfit from Southampton in a reported £20m deal last summer.

Lovren, 26, has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Liverpool first team in recent months and has been limited to just seven Premier League appearances this season.

News of Mamadou Sakho’s knee injury means that Lovren is expecting to be handed run of games to prove himself to new manager Jurgen Klopp.

And Carragher has warned the Croatia international that he will have to take his chance.

Carragher told the London Evening Standard: “It’s time we saw the Lovren from Southampton and he’s never fully convinced when he’s had that chance.

“The manager started him early on in the season and I thought he was outstanding against Arsenal and then you thought ‘Is this the start of the Lovren being what he should be: a commanding centre-back for Liverpool?’

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“But then in the following game, we played at home to West Ham and lost 3-0 and he was culpable for a goal. That can happen at times, but on the back of playing so well, to then go back to square one with that performance, put him in a bad light in the supporters’ eyes.

“It will be another chance for him but sooner or later, he needs to take them.”

Lovren made 38 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool during his first season at the Merseyside outfit following his transfer from Southampton in the summer of 2014.

He will be hoping to feature when Liverpool take on Manchester City at The Etihad on Saturday evening.

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